Team Cook Islands arrive in Ashgabat

Tuesday September 12, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

The first group of Team Cook Islands participants in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games have arrived safely in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.


Athlete Tereapii Tapoki, team official Siniva Marsters and chef de mission Robert Graham arrived in the Central Asian country after a long-haul flight last week. The remaining athletes and officials for the Games, to be held from September 17 to 27, are expected to arrive later this week.

The 11-member Team Cook Islands is made up of athletes from aquatics, athletics, 3x3 women’s basketball and weightlifting.

Marsters said they had settled well at the Games Village after a day-long meetings and inspections of all rooms allocated to Team Cook Islands. 

“We are also in the process of doing inventory and inspections for other Oceania countries as well,” she told CINews on Saturday.

“We have been here for two days now and still finding our way around and it’s extremely hot.”

Acclimatising to the extreme weather conditions in Ashgabat will be one of the key priorities for the national team.

In an earlier interview Graham said since this was their first time at the Asian Indoor Games, they had not set high goals for the team.

He said the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games provided a perfect opportunity for the participating athletes to improve on their personal bests and set higher standards.

Team Cook Islands – Athletics: Patricia Taea, Tereapii Tapoki, Anthony Fairweather – Coach; Basketball 3 On 3: Adonia Lewis, Terai Sadler, Janet Main, Keziah Lewis, Owen Lewis – Coach: Swimming: Bede Aitu, Kirsten Fisher-Marsters, Temaruata Strickland: Weightlifting: Phillipa Woonton, Luisa Peters, Unakea Kauvai – Coach


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