The inaugural edition of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) Ta'okotai'anga University Games set to take place in Kaitaia in northern New Zealand between August 28 to September 2 has been postponed.
Touch rugby, volleyball, basketball and netball were
scheduled to be contested at the games as part of a concerted effort to bring
together Cook Islands communities and university students from all over
Aotearoa and give them an opportunity to “connect, get active and celebrate
In announcing the postponement on Monday evening, CISNOC
secretary Owen Lewis said; “It is with great regret that due to the recent
outbreak of Covid-19 across New Zealand and the subsequent government imposed
lockdowns we will be postponing Ta'okota'ianga celebrations that were to be
held in Kaitaia from the 28th August to 2nd September”.
“We emphasise that this is a postponement and not a
cancellation,” he added.
“We are tentatively rescheduling the event to a later date
taking into consideration availability of the host town's resources and the
current lockdown restrictions being lifted.
“We thank everyone for their support.”
Lewis had earlier thanked the far north Pacific community in
NZ, Manuera Riwai and Hone Harawira for making the event possible.
The competition “is in line with CISNOC's mission of
promoting sport and physical recreation throughout the country, and in this
case the diaspora”.
The Cook Islands has competed in eight Summer Olympic Games,
attending every edition since Seoul 1988.
The nation has never won an Olympic medal and events such as
the Ta’okotai’anga University Games are aimed at giving young athletes a
further platform to develop.