PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawaii at Manoa
GUAM READY FOR SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES
HAGATNA, Guam (May 13, 1999 - Fiji Times/PACNEWS)---The 11th South Pacific Games, May 30 June 11, will be one of the largest sporting events ever to be hosted by Guam.
There are 14 competition venues on the island. Organizers say the climate is pleasantly warm year round and the dry season lasts from December to June.
During the Games, the weather on the island is expected to be hotter than the normal 30 degrees centigrade. Guam has a population of 160,000.
Competition venues are spread throughout the U.S. territory, with Cocos Island at the lower eastern end hosting the two-mile ocean swim.
Guams capital, Hagatna, will host the baseball and fast pitch softball and soft pitch softball games.
Rugby sevens, boxing and golf are set for Dedeo, not far from the Guam International airport.
Athletics, swimming and volleyball will be at Southern High School in Santa Rita.
Cycling team time trials begin at Yona on Sunday, May 30. Saturday, June 11 is the final day of competition.
About 3,000 from 18 Pacific Island countries, states and territories will take part in the two-week event.
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