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Monday 11 January 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Local, National


Let the Games begin!
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) president Hugh Graham. PHOTO: Taa Pera. 21081030

The Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 were officially opened last night at the Nikao Beach Court, kicking off two weeks of action over five separate events.

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) president Hugh Graham lit the cauldron at the Beach Games opening ceremony to officially begin the annual event.

The Beach Games which will feature five sports – touch (11 teams), handball (15 teams), volleyball (28 teams), football (21 teams) and 3x3 basketball (16 teams) – will start today.

Games will start at 3pm on most days over the 14 days, however starting times will differ daily. Touch will be the first event to be played at the Games.

CISNOC secretary general Owen Lewis earlier said: “Our goal is to create a festival for the community where they can enjoy the sport on show but also have a summer festival of fun and games with music and other events.”

“What better way to pit your sporting abilities up against rivals, than on a beach in the tropical Cook Islands?”