Thursday, 5 February 2009 4:06 PM

ONOC Here to Strengthen Sports Stakeholders

A delegation of the Oceania National Olympic Committee are hoping to help strengthen sports stakeholders in Solomon Islands.

The team, in the country for a three days visit, will be holding meetings with stakeholders to strengthen relationships, especially with the National Olympic Committee Solomon Islands (NOCSI).

"There has been some careless events happening in the past and we are hoping to work closely with the new executive to encourage them," one member of the delegation, Natanya Potoi told Solomon Times.

The Administrator for the Oceania Regional Anti Doping Organization, Ms. Potoi, said issues of anti-doping program in sports is among issues discussed with members of NOCSI and other stakeholders.

"Our hope to is involve as much as possible the two main bodies, the government through its Ministry of Home Affairs and NOCSI," she said.

Ms. Potoi adds that the awareness programs are to help resuscitate them from past challenges and not hinder them.

"With all the challenges, the ones affected are the sports people who are caught in the middle," she said.

During their visit, the team has made courtesy calls among others to the NOCSI Executive, Ministry of Home Affairs, Hon James Tora ( Minister of Sports), SIFF President, Martin Alufurai, and General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, Chairman of the Medical Commission, Dr. Alex Munamua and the Honiara City Council.

The delegation consist of the ONOC General Secretary, Dr. Rueben Mitchell, President of the Vanuatu Olympic Committee, Joe Carlo, and Ms. Potoi.

The delegation will be leaving the country tomorrow.