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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres congratulated Northern Marianas Sports Association president Jerry Tan and other newly elected NMSA officers during a banquet in the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort & Spa on Wednesday.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, center, poses for a photo with Northern Marianas Sports Association president Jerry Tan, right, and Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan.  Office of the Governor photo

Tan was elected president during a NMSA board meeting last month, succeeding Mike White who was president of the sports organization for 16 years.

Also elected were Northern Marianas Athletics’ Ramon Tebuteb, as vice president and Northern Marianas National Paddling Sports Federation’s Valerie Hofschneider as secretary.

Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation’s John Hirsh was reelected as treasurer.

Elected to the board of directors were Justin Andrew, James Lee, and Laurie Peterka.

They will all serve a two-year term.

At the banquet, the governor said government went into a partnership with NMSA in hosting the Mini Games and welcoming athletes from all over the Pacific “to our beautiful island to showcase their skills and abilities.”

He said his administration will make sure that local athletes have an opportunity to represent the CNMI proudly next year on home field.

“NMSA and our administration already have a strong partnership as more and more people are at the Oleai Track and Field exercising because we’ve installed additional lights. We’ve also put in federal grant applications through [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and [the U.S. Economic Development Administration] to build stronger sports facilities, including reopening our pool for our NMI swimmers,” the governor said.

“NMSA and I share the same goal for a more active CNMI with the Oleai Sports Complex and Ada Gym filled with athletes achieving their dreams,” he added.

He said sports “are a celebration of human achievement.”

“It motivates us to better ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. It helps us build stronger Marianas. Together with NMSA and our athletes and coaches here tonight, I look forward to achieving our goals of revitalizing our sports here in the CNMI. We have big plans in the works, and I’m excited for the future,” the governor said.

Also attending the banquet were Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan and executive director Andrew Minogue with whom the governor met to discuss the planning for the 2021 Pacific Mini Games on Saipan.

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