NMSA sets deadline for Pacific Games

Northern Marianas Sports Association is set to submit their athletes’ details by May 1.

President Michael White clarified they will send names and details of their athletes’ first and team officials and coaches to be accredited later.

Pacific Games Council, which sanctions the quadrennial event, under its charter, has set the deadline for entries by name 45 days before the Games or on May 23.

However, White wanted to set an earlier deadline to have more time collecting and processing the accreditation papers of athletes.

Players who will compete in the July 7 to 20 event must turn in a passport-style photo and a copy of their passport. Submissions can be made personally or electronically.

For athletes who have competed in the Pacific Games, Mini Games, and Micronesian Games, they are not required to submit a photo, unless they want to use a new one in Samoa.

White also reminded athletes that their passports should be valid until December 2019.

Only U.S. passport holders will be allowed to compete for the CNMI and they must have resided in the Commonwealth for a total of five years.

Those who left the CNMI temporarily to study or join the military are still eligible for the five-year residency.

Twenty-six sports will be played in this year’s Pacific Games with the CNMI confirmed to send athletes/teams in weightlifting, canoe, athletics, and golf competitions.

Local tennis, baseball, swimming, badminton, basketball (3×3), and triathlon associations have also expressed their interest for the summer tournament.