George George lights the cauldron at the 2020 Cook Islands Games opening ceremony. TOKERAU JIM /20101631.
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) is in its ‘final stage’ of preparation for the 2022 Cook Islands Games.
2022 Cook Islands Games will start this Friday with the official opening
ceremony at the National Stadium in Nikao.
year’s Games will feature 10 island teams – Aitutaki, Mangaia, Atiu, Mauke,
Mitiaro, Pukapuka, Rakahanga, Palmerston, Rarotonga and Manihiki – and 3122
athletes. Penrhyn is not taking part in this year’s Games.
are 25 codes – one more from the 2020 Games – at this year’s event.
administration manager Jason Lindsay said “squash is now included and was not
are expecting to see some national records broken and a very competitive
sporting environment. Overseas athletes coming back, like Wesley Roberts will
help to increase the level of competition we have this year,” Lindsay said.
have included the Youth and Masters Trophies this year however the big one to
get is still the open trophy.”
claimed the 2020 Cook Islands Games open title after amassing 118 points, two
points clear of both Aitutaki and Mangaia.
won medals in all the 21 sports they contested but the bulk of their success
came in athletics, with top middle-distance runner Alex Beddoes among the star
objectives of the Cook Islands Games are:
promote Island pride: a celebration of sport; a celebration of our islands and
provide the country’s athletes a competitive opportunity and an opportunity to
pursue excellence and advance their sporting ambitions.
provide athletes, competitive and social, a chance to participate in a healthy,
active lifestyle through friendly competition.
provide an athlete centred environment that promotes competition and fair play;
enable our community to see our country’s athletes perform
provide a platform for young athletes to compete and develop
Games will be “Smokefree”.
Games will be Environmentally Friendly – “Single use plastic free”
2022 Cook Islands Games will run until October 15.
opening ceremony (tentative) – 5pm Gates open, 5.45pm Invited Dignitaries and
Guests to be seated, 5.55pm Official Welcome to All (& announcements), 6pm Arrival
of the President of the Religious Advisory Council Pastor Tevai Matapo, Arrival
of the Vice President of the House of Ariki, Tou Ariki, 6.05p Arrival of the
Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Tina Browne and Mr Browne, 6.10pm Arrival
of Minister of Sports, the Honourable Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa and Mrs Mokoroa. 6.15pm
Arrival of Prime Minister, the Honourable Mark Brown and Mrs Brown, 6.22pm
Arrival of Kings Representative, His Excellency Sir Tom Marsters KBE and Lady
Marsters, 6.30pm Parade of Islands, 7:35pm
Opening Prayer and devotion – conducted by the Religious Advisory Council, 7.45pmWelcome
address by the President of CISNOC, Mr Hugh Graham, 7.50pm Address by the
Minister of Sports, Honourable Vaine Mac Mokoroa, 7:55pm Parade and
presentation of the Cook Islands Games Flag - Athletes Oath (1 Male, 1 Female),
Technical Officials Oath (1 Male, 1 Female), 8.35pm Address by the Prime
Minister, Honourable Mark Brown. After
PM address he will officially open the 2022 Cook Islands Games 8:45pm Arrival of Torch - Lighting of the
cauldron, 9.05pm Artistic Performance – “Together as One we continue to move
our Nation”, 9.20pm Closing Prayer -conducting by the Religious Advisory
Council, Departure of The Kings Representative, Departure of the Prime Minister,
Departure of the Minister of Sports.