The Micronesian Games (or "Micro Games", "MicroGames") are a quadrennial international multi-sport event within the Micronesian region. The Games were first held in 1969 in Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands). The 2010 Micronesian Games were initially due to be held in Majuro (Marshall Islands), until the hosts withdrew. The 2010 Games were hosted by Palau.[1] The Federated States of Micronesia won the bidding to host the 2014 Micronesian Games in Pohnpei State, and later won again against CNMI for the 2018 Micronesian Games to be held in Yap State.[2][3][4]

History

After the inaugural 1969 edition, the Games were supposed to be a regular event. However, the second edition did not take place until 1990. Since then, the Games have been held every four years without fail.

Editions

Edition Year City Host Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Athletes
I 1969 Saipan Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Northern Mariana Islands 4–12 July
II 1990 Saipan  Northern Mariana Islands 7–15 July
III 1994 Agana  Guam 27 March – 2 April
IV 1998 Koror  Palau 1–9 August
V 2002 Palikir  Pohnpei 21–30 July
VI 2006 Saipan  Northern Mariana Islands 23 June – 4 July
VII 2010 Koror  Palau 1–10 August
VIII 2014 Pohnpei  Pohnpei 20–29 July[5]
IX 2018 Yap  Yap 15–27 July[6] Yap Sports Complex
X 2022  Marshall Islands[7]

Competitors

Participants include four sovereign countries (the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and Palau), a commonwealth in political union with the United States (the Northern Mariana Islands), an organized unincorporated territory of the United States (Guam), and the four constituent States of the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap, which compete separately from one another).

These ten countries, States and territories are all located within the Micronesian region of Oceania.

All participants also take part in the Pacific Games, although the Federated States of Micronesia competes as a unified country there.

Events

Athletes compete in the fields of athletics, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, coconut tree climbing, coconut husking, fast pitch softball, golf, slow pitch softball, spearfishing, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, va'a canoe, volleyball and wrestling, as well as the "micro all around".

The Micronesian Games thus combine events that may be found in other international competitions with events more specific to Micronesian countries. Coconut tree climbing and coconut husking appear to have been demonstration events at the 2006 Games: they are listed as events on the Games' official website, but are not listed on the results and medals' page.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Palau to Host Micro Games in 2008", Marianas Variety, May 19, 2008
  2. ^ "Micro Games heading to Yap – Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads | Saipan Tribune". Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads | Saipan Tribune. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  3. ^ "Kaselehlie Press – 8th Micro Games now in the history books". www.kpress.info. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  4. ^ "Yap Wins Bid to Host the 2018 Micronesian Games". The Fourth Branch. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  5. ^ Micro Games first payment due next month Archived 2013-06-28 at archive.today by Roselyn Monroyo, Saipan Tribune. Published 2013-06-24, retrieved 2013-06-24.
  6. ^ https://microgames2018.com/
  7. ^ "Sport: Marshall Islands to host 2022 Micronesian Games". Radio New Zealand. July 31, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2020.