Sports day seeks Govt sign-off

Tuesday May 05, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Long jump is one of the events people can participate in at the Kumete Village Sports Day this year, should it be given the go ahead by the Cook Islands Government. 20050408. Long jump is one of the events people can participate in at the Kumete Village Sports Day this year, should it be given the go ahead by the Cook Islands Government. 20050408.

Queen’s Birthday Weekend targeted for Cook Islands’ biggest sports meeting since Covid. 

The Covid-19 global crisis has changed the world in ways we never imagined, especially when it comes to sports both as participants and spectators.

But one code is hoping to hit the ground running for a new season, while having fun with members of the community.  

When the Cook Islands Government lifted a number of restrictions in place under Covid-19 Code Yellow, young athletes keen to get back to training were able to get back on the track and field with their coaches.

Pending Government approval, Athletics Cook Islands is hoping to be able to re-start their 2020 athletics calendar with the annual Kumete Village Sports Day at the National Stadium in Nikao on Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Set for Monday June 1, from 9am until 2pm, secretary Ruth Mavé is working with the government to get the green light for the event.

Kumete has long been regarded as a vaka competition and Puaikura has more often than not won it. 

It is a family event with fun and participation as well as serious competition from 10 years to 70 plus.

While in the past, Kumete has provided a platform for national team members to prepare for international meets and competitions, this year the focus will be getting friends and family together for a fun-filled day on the track and in the field.

Last year about 450 people competed in various age groups with Arorangi taking the title as champions.

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