SAMOAS MULL JOINT SPORTS TRAINING, REPRESENTATION
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has warmed to a suggestion by American Samoa congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin for joint sports training and preparations.
The congressman also hinted at possible international sports representation for a united Samoa at regional and international sports.
“I think it’s the best advice to come out of his Washington office for years,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
“It certainly makes a lot of economic sense in terms of synergizing both Samoas’ resources.”
In regards to joint representation, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he was not sure if it was allowed under international and Olympic rules.
“But it’s an interesting suggestion. Perhaps it’s the start of an amalgamation of both Samoas through a passion we both share – the love of sport.”
Congressman Faleomavaega – in an opinion piece this week – said the Pacific is being left far behind in international events such as the Olympics. He suggested the Territory forgo competing at regional meets like the Pacific Games and focus instead on Olympic qualifying events.
He also suggested both Samoas share resources and coordinate joint international representation.
“It is unfortunate that we have few swimmers from our islands in international competition when we are surrounded by the ocean,” the congressman wrote.
“We can change this trend by utilizing the state-of-the-art swimming facilities that Samoa built for the 2007 Pacific Games.”