by David Little (Previously Assistant Secretary of KNOC until 2011)
Since 1998, Kiribati has been sending a competitive delegation to the Commonwealth Games. The first participation was in Kuala Lumpur that year, at very short notice. Since then an increasing number of athletes and coaches have attended Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006), and Delhi (2010). The Kiribati National Olympic Committee or KNOC (which doubles as the Kiribati Commonwealth Games Association or KCGA) has submitted its provisional entries to the Organising Committee (LOC) in Glasgow for the next Games in 2014.
The sports involved, subject to confirmation, are:-
- Athletics (Track and Field), Boxing, Table-Tennis, Weight-lifting, and Wrestling.
The initial submission shows a possible total delegation of 36 people, including 24 competitors, 11 coaches, and a Chef de Mission (Nei Maata Yetzes, a Vice-President of KCGA).
In the 2012 London Olympics there were male and female Track athletes and one male Weight-lifter:
(Above and below) Nooa Takooa and Nei Kaingaue David in their 100m preliminaries in London
(below) David Katoatau at the Weight-lifting.
It is to be hoped, now that Glasgow has made available ticketing details, that some of the Kiribati diaspora will make the effort to travel to Glasgow next July to support their countrymen.