Table tennis coaches prepare for 2018 MicroGames

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Colonia, Yap. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the FSM National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) a $20,000 Olympic Solidarity Grant for a Technical Course for Coaches for table tennis in preparation for the 2018 MicroGames in Yap. The grant will provide funding to bring an expert instructor sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to Yap from February 11 – 25, 2018. It will also provide funding to send one table tennis coach from each participating nation or island to the training. The course will be held at the Yap Sports Complex where a new table tennis room has recently been constructed in the gymnasium.
Participating coaches will enhance their coaching skills and knowledge, get guidance in preparing their teams to compete at the highest levels of competition, and receive comprehensive knowledge in the current rules and regulations of the sport. The intent is also to insure development of the sport of table tennis in the coaches’ own countries by providing strong leadership for the sport.
The 2018 MicroGames is a quadrennial event that will take place in Yap July 15 – 27, 2018. Teams from FSM, Guam, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands will compete in Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Va’a Canoe, Soccer, Spearfishing, Table Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Open Water Swimming and the Micronesian All-Around. For more information: www. microgames2018.com.

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Kosrae Boxing Club stages first ever boxing tournament in Tofol

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
December 8, 2017
Tofol, Kosrae—The fledgling Kosrae Boxing Club held its first boxing exhibition at the Kosrae Tofol Gym after just one year in existence.
Founder and President, Greg Ribauw said that the President of the Pohnpei Boxing Club, Mr. Erick Divinigracia helped the club in preparing its bylaws and other details. The club now has 23 members and seven directors on the Board of Directors. It has been operating since December of last year.
13 year old Murson Ribauw, one of the clubs athletes will be leaving Kosrae to return home to Nauru so club members decided to hold the exhibition both as a way of saying goodbye but also as a way of showcasing all of the athletes’ capabilities and as a means of raising funds for the club.
They are hoping for bigger and better things and have taken to seeking donations from local businesses, the Kosrae Congress, recently have used Fundrazr.com as a medium for accepting donations worldwide. They hope to one day have new equipment, their own training venue and a real boxing ring. During the exhibition match, the club raised $150 which is a start. One of the spectators also donated two brand new 16 ounce boxing gloves and two mouth guards after the exhibition.
Ribauw says that his son in law, DJ Maaki of Nauru is the coach and trainer for the club. Maaki is a former boxer with a great deal of experience in the sport throughout the world. In 2010, he won a silver medal at the Oceania Championship in Canberra. That same year he also won a silver medal at the World Youth Olympics in Singapore in the flyweight division. The club was able to send one of its athletes, Dalton Kihleng to Pohnpei for the Liberation games in September to participate in the local boxing tournament there. Funding for the travel and accommodation for both the coach and the athlete was made possible by Bruce Kihleng and the Kosrae State Congress. Kihleng lost by decision but Ribauw says it was a great first time experience for Kihleng and for the club.
Ribauw says that the club currently doesn’t have a permanent venue for training. The club uses property outside of Ribauw’s house in Malem for their daily practice sessions. When it is raining they use the track and the Kosrae gym for practices. He says the club started with used equipment such as gloves, skip ropes, mouth guards and boxing pads.
Ribauw says that the club urgently needs donations to help their athletes along their path of success. On Facebook, lookup Kosrae Boxing Club to contact them.

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“Women in Sports Leadership” takes center stage in Yap with 2018 MicroGames ahead

micro gamesColonia, Yap. The 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee has announced a series of Women in Sports Leadership presentations that will take place October 8 - 14, 2017 in schools and communities throughout Yap to provide information and encourage women and girls to get involved in sports and sports management.
Jennifer Chieng, the first female Olympic boxer to represent FSM at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and gold medalist at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua, New Guinea, and Baklai Temengil, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board and the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee, will meet with local high school and college students, the Yap Women’s Association and other community-based women’s and youth associations during their stay.
“We are very excited and honored to welcome Secretary General Temengil and to have our native daughter, Jennifer, back home in Yap for this important event,” states Dee Libian, event organizer and member of the 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee. “We encourage our youth to get involved in sport for the lifelong health benefits, and these two extraordinary, accomplished women are a great inspiration. From their own experiences, they will show women and girls how they can extend their interest in sports to include management and leadership.”
Funding has been provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee. For more information, contact the 2018 MicroGames office at 2018microgames@gmail.com.

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Pohnpei Sports Commission taking applications for coaches

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 20, 2017
Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Sports Commission is currently seeking coaches to help Pohnpei athletes to prepare for the 9th Micronesian Games that will be held in Yap in July of 2018. The Committee will take applications beginning on October 30 and finishing on November 30.
They are looking for coaches for Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Football, Micro All Around, Open Ocean Swimming, Spear Fishing, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
The committee can reached by email at pohnpeisports@hotmail.com or by phone at 320-6278.

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Team FSM to compete in 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

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FSM National Olympic Committee
The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending 11 athletes to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to compete in the2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The FSM will be competing in Wrestling, Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field). Ashgabat 2017 games are from September 17-27, 2017.
The FSM sports delegation, attending the Ashgabat 2017, will include 5 wrestlers (Dukay Tairuwepiy, Richard Nakasone, Thomas Wichlibuch Jr, Myron Damian and Ryan Ifamilik), 4 swimmers (Dionisio Augustine II, Kaleo Kihleng, Jourdyn Adams and Taeyanna Adams) and 2 runners/sprinters (Estanis Ikelap Jr and Alvin Martin). The coaches are Larry Uwelar (Wrestling) Sweeter Daniel (Swimming) and Rendy Germinaro (Athletics). The FSM Chef de Mission is Ted Rutun. Welbert (Donnie) Samuel will be an administrative staff. The FSM delegation will be led by Berney Martin. Jim Tobin, FSMNOC Secretary General will not attend but will be traveling to Yap to assist with the planning and organization of the 2018 Micronesian Games.
Over 2,000 athletes from all over the Asia and Oceania regions will participate in 21 sports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The majority of TEAM FSM will depart the Pohnpei on September 11 and arrive in Turkmenistan in September 13. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 7:00pm, September 17. Dionisio Augustine II will be the FSM flag bearer. TEAM FSM will return on October 02.
This will be the first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games that the FSM has participated in. The FSM National Olympic Committee has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1998. The IOC had recommended that the small Pacific countries, like the FSM, that participate in the Olympic Games, compete in more regional competitions to try to improve the results of the FSM Olympic athletes.
The FSMNOC received funding support from Asia National Olympic Committees, Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee grants for the costs of economy airfares, Ashgabat accommodation, uniforms, insurance and travel stipends for all TEAM FSM members.

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Olympian and International Olympic Committee member visits Yap

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Colonia, Yap. Yap’s native daughter, Olympic boxer Jennifer Chieng, and Baklai Temengil who holds the titles of Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs for Palau, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board, the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee, were in Yap for a weeklong visit recently as a lead up to the 2018 MicroGames. They met with government officials, local high school and college students, members of the Yap Women’s Association and the Neighboring Islands Women’s Association, as well as community-based women’s and youth associations to promote opportunities for women and girls in sports and sports leadership roles and encourage everyone to volunteer for next year’s MicroGames. Funding was provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee.

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FSM Wrestling Team participates in 2017 Oceania Wrestling Championship

Yap Sports Council // March 17, 2017
ABAY, Yap — On March 10 – 12, 2017, an FSM Wrestling Team participated in the 2017 Cadet, Junior, and Senior Oceania Wrestling Championship held in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The team consisted of Wrestling Coach Lawrence Uwelur, Yapese athletes Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., Chuukese athletes JK Kaminanga and Joshua Aizawa, and NF Official Clark Graham.
From the turnout, both Paul Gibay and Thomas Wichilbuch Jr. have earned medals. Paul Gibay, who competed in the 60kg junior category, won a silver medal in the Greco-Roman Style and a bronze medal in the Free Style.
Thomas Wichilbuch Jr., who was in the 70kg senior category, brought in a silver medal in the Free Style and a Gold medal in the Greco-Roman style.
“Congratulations to all members of the FSM Team and many appreciation for representing your state and country!”

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