Athletics Cook Islands secretary Ruth Mavé acknowledged they had been “a long time coming”.
There would be an emphasis on fun and participation.
Juniors aged from 5 to 9 years will run, throw, and compete in tug of war.
Those aged from 10 to 14 years will compete in teams of four, contesting standing jumps, throws, a 50-metre relay and tug of war.
Youths aged 15 to 18 years will compete more seriously, and will include the development squad training for the New Zealand secondary schools competition and Polynesian Games.
The open catergory is aged 19 to 34 years, and masters is 35-plus – both will be limited to three athletes per age group, so every village has a chance to submit enough individuals to compete for the Kumete Cup.
In the past Arorangi was the most organised of villages, turning up in numbers, with talent and matching t-shirts. Other villages are challenged to do the same!
The popular 50m Race Walking for Open and Masters is back. “It was very entertaining last year,” said Mavé.
Organisers hope to finish the day with a five-lap village relay using all the age groups, with as many athletes they like.
Villages are encouraged to bring sanitiser, water and food to keep athletes and hydrated and fuelled for the afternoon, and three volunteers to help with the events.
Health would like everyone to be aware of social distancing especially on the finish line and also sanitising implements before use.
KUMETE PROGRAMME 2020
12.45 800m. U18, Open / Long Jump U18, Open
1.00 Jnr 9 30m, Ball Toss, (Participation points only) Tug of War
1.20 400m U18, Open / Shotput Youth 18, Open, Masters
1.30 Jnr 14 (team x4) Ambrosia Jump / Backward Throw
1.45 60m Masters
2.00 200m Youth 18, Open, Masters / Long Jump Masters
2.15 Jnr 14 4x 50m Relay, Jnr 14 Tug of War
2.30 50m Race Walk Open, Masters
2.45 100m Youth 18, Open, Masters
3.00 Village Relay 1x 400m Jnr 9, 1x 400m Jnr 14, 1x 400m, 1x 400m Masters, 1x 400m Open, 1x 400m Youth 18 (Total 5x Laps) Can use 1+ athletes per lap must be of age group. Jnr 9 x 15 runners, Jnr 14 x 8, Masters x 8, Open x 4, Youth 18 x 4. Stay in set lane.
Jnr 9 5yr – 9yr – every athlete 1pt for participation, can run, throw endless number of times
Jnr 14 10 – 14yr – Team of four athletes, all measurements added together for team points.
Youth 18 – 15yr – 18yr Limit 3x athlete per age group e.g. 3x 15yr, 3x 16yr, 3x 17yr, 3x 18yr / village
Open 19yr – 34yr Limit 3x athlete per age group
Masters 35+yrs Limit 3x per age group