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By Tulifau Auvaa
APIA: WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE 2014: The long over-due Samoa Sports Hall of Fame will finally be launched on Saturday 21 June 2014.
The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) confirmed in a press conference today the official launching of this prestigious event.
SASNOC did not reveal the location for the Hall of Fame but said it will house photos and equipment used by some of our great athletes during their time.
“In November 2014, SASNOC will have its first inductees for the Samoa Sports Hall of Fame and member of the community will be invited to start nominating athletes for this important event,” said President Patrick Fepulea’i.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi will officiate the launching of the event.
Prior to the launching at 6.00pm Saturday evening, SASNOC will put up a show to commemorate and recognise the contribution of athletes from all sports in developing Samoa as a great nation of sports.
“We will celebrate the Olympics Day in Samoa from 6.00 in the morning until the launching of the Hall of Fame,” said SASNOC President Patrick Fepuleai.
“Samoa has been participating in international competition since 1963 and our athletes have done Samoa proud,” he added.
The community is invited to take part in the celebration of the Olympics Day and SASNOC will be offering the first 200 early birds to register at 6:00am a free t-shirt.
The celebration will kick off at 6:00am in-front of the (FMF11) Government Building, in Apia with a warm up Zumpa exercise.
Then there will be a walk with all athletes to Matautu Wharf and return to MFMII where those who participated will be awarded an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Certificate for participating.
SASNOC will be giving out free t-shirts to 250 participants who register.
The sports association will have exhibitions of their sports and the public, especially the youth, are most welcome to visit the exhibitions and even get to meet some of the Samoan athletes preparing for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. There will also be food stalls as part of sports fundraising activities.