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A Peek into Sports in Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia is a nation of islands that consists of four states; Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. Located north of the equator in the western Pacific Ocean, it is comprised of 607 islands. Aside from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Micronesia region encompasses four other sovereign, independent nations; Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau and three U.S. territories; Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Wake Island.

Although this nation is not popular for sports, they took part in many traditional games during the times of their ancestors. Unfortunately, these games have now been forgotten. Micronesians host a quadrennial international multi-sport event within the region; and most of these sports were introduced to the islands by foreign nations such as the United States of America and Japan.

Since the island has their own National Baseball Team, this sport is perceived to be very popular amongst the locals since they brought home a Bronze in 2005 during the South Pacific Games. Other popular sports include Basketball, Football and athletics.

On the other hand Rugby Sevens has been a part of the South Pacific Games since 1990; and Rugby in Micronesia is mainly centred in Pohnpei. However, due to problems related to geographical factors and population being widely spread across the South Pacific Ocean, it makes infrastructure that’s required for Rugby difficult to construct. Since these islands solely depend on the height of the ocean for its existence, there is a lack of area for designated rugby pitches.

In 1997, The Federated States of Micronesia officially became a member of the Olympic Games as their National Olympic Committee was recognised by the International Olympic Committee. This island nation sent 5 athletes for Athletics, Swimming and Weightlifting during their first Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

The representation and achievements of this nation of islands is as follows: In 2004 John Howard took part in the Athens Games and set the FSM national record for the 100 m (10.85). His twin brother, Jack, represented The Federated States of Micronesia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The FSM sent their youngest athlete and swimmer Debra Daniel, who was 17 at the time for the Summer Olympics held in London, in the 2012.

As a developing country with the help of foreign nations The Federated States of Micronesia even with its limitations is ever growing and expanding.

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