Kwai island is set to host the first-ever Kwai Beach Soccer Championship starting tomorrow Tuesday 10 December.
The Beach Soccer tournament is jointly organized by the Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Malaita’s Ward 16 and Minister for Women, Youths, and Sports Preston Billy together with a Local Organising Committee (LOC).
According to a statement from the LOC, there will be other beach games held beside the Beach Soccer championship.
There are 21 teams from central, east and north Malaita confirmed to participate in the Beach Soccer tournament.
Besides, stakeholders such as the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Police, Health, Environmental, Tourism, Women & Youth organizations, and others will also be invited to do awareness talks at the two weeks event.
“The L.O.C together with the Malaita provincial government through MPA Billy has taken this immense initiative to develop the community youths, and talented footballers using the Beach soccer code, as its impact is still felt on the island following the success of five local boys who got selected into the National Beach Soccer team ‘Bilikiki’.
“The boys were selected after their win in the 2016 Solomon Games Beach Soccer Championship – representing Malaita province.
“They went on to represent the Solomon Islands in the Oceania Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier in Tahiti in June and three of them also participated in the recent 2019 World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar,” said the LOC.
MPA Preston Billy said the event is not only to engage youths in sporting activities but it will also be a part of developing potential Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, and triathlon players to represent the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Games 2023 in Honiara.
The Kwai Beach Games from run from 10th- 20th December 2019. Meanwhile, a delegation from SIFF will travel to Malaita today to observe and assist the LOC in running the Beach soccer championship.