The league, which aims to start on February 21, is at this stage looking to add eight mixed teams, to allow games to be played before darkness and to start play at a reasonable time. “We are also looking at a 10-week league, which would consist of seven weeks of round-robin games, followed by three more weeks of knockout games,” CIVF president Hugh Graham said.
“We anticipate lots of trophies and prizes for both round and knockout competitions.”
Graham encourages those who are interested to reply as soon as possible, as they will operate on a first-in, first-served basis.
The CIVF is just one of the local sporting codes that have been displaced due to the Bluesky Sports Arena’s closure for repairs.
The sports arena is one of three Chinese-designed buildings that will undergo repairs this year, along with the Justice and Police Service buildings.
The arena is believed to be the first building that will undergo renovation work and the job is scheduled to be completed within five months.
However, the police headquarters is expected to take up to a further 10 months and the sports arena is believed to be the only viable option for temporarily housing police service staff, which would extend the arena’s total closure time to as much as 15 months all up.
The closure of the sports arena will affect a number of sporting codes which use the facility to host domestic and international competitions.
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) general secretary Robert Graham said that while the closure was an inconvenience, it was necessary in the long run.
Sports seasons would continue as usual, he said.