3 Aug 2013

Sport: Mini Games to provide sporting legacy for Wallis and Futuna

9:30 am on 3 August 2013

Organisers of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna say the event will provide a lasting legacy to local sport in the territory.

809 athletes from 20 countries and territories will contest eight different sports when the Games get underway on September the 2nd.

The Executive Director of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, Eddy Filipponi, says the investment in new facilities will benefit the territory for years to come.

"The fact that the local sport movement can now evolve with high performance sport facilities can only be beneficial for the entire population. This is a stepping stone to organise in the coming years all the sports or cultural events - Wallis and Futuna can prove its capacity to receive these kinds of events and it certainly opens the door to future collaboration with the Islands in the area."

Eddy Filipponi says the construction of the venues and other Games infrastructure has also provided a welcome boost to the local economy.