THE Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Sports Committee has resolved that they would finalise what they have discussed in the meeting in Port Moresby last weekend in their next meeting in May, next year.
Vanautu-based MSG Programme Manager Barbra Age said all the issues on the agenda were discussed and will be finalised in their next meeting – the venue of which is yet to be decided.
All MSG countries attended the two-day meeting at the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby except for the Solomon Islands.
Age, who is from Papua New Guinea but works in Port Vila, Vanuatu said issued discussed at the meeting included the Melanesian Games Charter; feasibility studies on the viability of national sports institutes (NSI) in MSG countries; refining guidelines and criteria for participation in MSG games; memorandums of understanding on sports cooperation; and the revival of the Melanesian Soccer Cup.
She said all the visiting delegates were impressed with the input of the PNG Sports Foundation staff led by acting executive officer, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr.
“In fact some of them where honoured for being given the VIP treatment on arrival by the PNG Sports Foundation and officers from Immigration for their two-day visit to Port Moresby,” she said.
Ms Age thanked the government of PNG through Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and his deputy Labi Amaiu for taking the lead in backing the MSG Sports Committee meeting at the official launch of the two-day meeting.
Mr Tsiamalili Jnr thanked the MSG Sports Committee for choosing PNG to host the meeting.
“We are happy to host the meeting, and will give support to the Committee when they host the next quorum in May, 2015,” he said.
Port Moresby (The National)