Bilikiki star, Roy Mafane (3) takes a shot on goal during the inaugural Kwai Beach Games in 2019. Photo: SIFF Media
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The annual Kwai Beach Games in Kwai Island, East Malaita will be revived this December after its postponement in the last two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched in December 2019 with Beach Soccer as the lead sport, this year’s event is set to include Beach Volleyball, Canoe Racing, with other sideline activities such as Christian Choir and Band Contests.

The inaugural Games in 2019 was jointly organized by the Kwikwi Beach Soccer Club and the Malaita Provincial Government through the Provincial Member for Ward 16, Preston Billy Farobo.

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A statement from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) said they are planning to host a much bigger and better event than the one in 2019.

“For this year’s event, stakeholders like Police, Health, Environment, Tourism, Women & Youth organisations, etc will also be invited to do awareness talks as sideline events.

“The Beach Games is anticipated to attract hundreds of people in the east Malaita region or even people in different regions of Malaita, the LOC statement said.

Since this is a community initiative, the LOC said they do anticipate sponsorship from interested stakeholders in order to successfully host the event.

“We are seeking assistance from stakeholders in either cash or equipment so that we can partner together in hosting the Kwai Beach Games 2022.

“Any stakeholder that wishes to assist the event is welcomed with open arms,” the LOC statement added.

Currently, various appeal letters are being distributed to sponsors. However, if any company or individual is willing to assist the games, they can contact the Chairman on 7346093 or the LOC Honiara-based members on 7304715.

The objectives of the Kwai Beach Games are to; (a). Empower young people develop their sporting skills, (b). Enhance an avenue where young people can develop their team work and leadership potentials/skills, (c). Encourage participation amongst young people within the communities of Ward 16 and the wider community, (d). Unite young people and communities through sports to maintain peace and harmony in the societies of Solomon Islands.

Meanwhile, the LOC said the event is confirmed for 26th – 31st December 2022 and it will be a week of sports and music festivity. — ENDS//

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