Kolonia, Pohnpei: February 28, 2024 – The Office of the Governor, welcomed esteemed guests Stuard Penias, Assistant Secretary for the Social Division of the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs, and Sebastian T. Tairuwepiy from FSM Sports Development. The visit was centered on discussions regarding the upcoming Micronesian Games scheduled for June this year in Majuro.

Both Mr. Penias and Mr. Tairuwepiy were tasked by the President of the FSM to engage with State Governments on Micronesian Games budgets and explore opportunities for collaboration with the FSM National Government to ensure the success of the event. The meeting with Governor Stevenson A. Joseph focused on enhancing coordination and support for a successful Micronesian Games.

One of the key topics of discussion revolved around the development of sports programs in Pohnpei. Governor Joseph shared his vision of consolidating youth sports programs under the Department of Education, emphasizing the holistic benefits of sports for the physical and mental well-being of the younger generation.

Governor Joseph, Mr. Penias, and Mr. Tairuwepiy collectively acknowledged the importance of sports and physical activity, agreeing that organized sports participation should commence as early as the Junior high level. The meeting highlighted the shared commitment to fostering a culture of sports and providing opportunities for youth to engage in healthy activities.

The participants expressed optimism about the collaborative efforts between the State Government and the FSM National Government in supporting sports development and ensuring the success of the upcoming Micronesian Games in June.

The discussions concluded with a commitment to ongoing dialogue and cooperation to advance sports programs and initiatives for the benefit of the youth in Pohnpei and across the Federated States of Micronesia.



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