TEAM FSM TO COMPETE IN RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
JENNIFER CHIENG INVITED TO COMPETE IN BOXING WITH A TRIPARTITE
By Jim Tobin, FSM National Olympic Committee
Press Release #1607-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016
The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending five athletes
to this year’s Olympic Games competing in Swimming and Athletics (Track
and Field) and just announced in Boxing.
The Olympic Games are from August 5 to August 21, 2016 in Rio,
Brazil. Late June, the FSM
National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) and FSM Boxing Association were
notified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International
Boxing Association (IABA) that Jennifer Chieng, FSM female Boxer from
Yap State, received a late Tripartite Commission invitation to compete
in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Female 57-60kg division in Boxing.
This is outstanding news for the development of Boxing in the
FSM, and is a great honor for Chieng.
She has been training in New York the past few months.
Her coach is Erick Divinagracia from Pohnpei State.
FSM sports delegation, attending the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Rio 2016),
will include 5 athletes (Debra
5 coaches (Elias Rodriquez, Sweeter Daniel, Rendy Germinaro, Lestly Ashby and Divinagracia), 1 Chef de Mission
(Sterling Skilling), 1 Press Attaché (Curtis Graham), 2 Administrative
Staff (John Howard and Ron Etscheit) and FSM National Olympic Committee
(FSMNOC) Vice President Ted Rutun and Secretary General Jim Tobin.
Four-time FSM Olympian,
Manuel Minginfel, famous male weightlifter from Yap State, was planning
on competing in the Rio 2016 but had to return to Yap do to an illness
in his family.
Over 10,000 athletes from 205 countries will
participate in 28 sports in Rio 2016. The majority of TEAM FSM, led by
Chef de Mission Sterling Skilling, from Kosrae State, will depart the
FSM on July 30 and arrive to Rio on June 02.
The Opening Ceremony will be held at 7:00pm, Friday, June 05.
Chieng will be the FSM flag bearer.
This will be the 5th Olympic Games that the FSM has
participated in, starting with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Debra Daniel and Dionisio Augustine II, both from Pohnpei State,
will compete in the 50-meter free style in Swimming on August 11 and 12.
Larissa Henry and Kitson
Kapiriel, from Pohnpei State, will compete in the 100-meter dash in
Athletics on August 12 and 13. Chieng will compete in Boxing from August
12-19. The Boxing
competition is single elimination and there will be 12 female boxers in
the 57-60kg division.
For the past 2 years, Chieng and Daniel
have received International Olympic Committee Rio 2016 Athlete Training
Scholarships, along with Minginfel and FSM male wrestler Jk Kaminanga
from Chuuk State. All four
scholarship holders tried to qualify for Rio 2016 by competing in 2015
and 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, including Oceania and World Championships
in each of their sports.
Augustine, Henry and Kapiriel received FSM National Olympic Committee
training grants to properly prepare for Rio 2016.
applied for and received International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016
Organizing Committee grants to fund the costs of economy airfares and
Rio accommodation for all TEAM FSM members. NIKE international provided
competition and team uniforms. The FSM National Government funded
uniform printing and shipping.
Local sponsors: Palm Terrace Shopping Center, Etscheit
Enterprises, Matson, Carolina Fisheries, Lyon and Association and the
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China provided funding for TEAM FSM
travel stipends and transit accommodation.
The FSMNOC, with
funding support from the IOC, is working with FSM Telecommunications
Corporation to stream the live television broadcast of the Rio 2016
Olympic Games on Yap, Chuuk and Kosrae cable TV stations, most likely
from a feed from Fiji One TV in Fiji.
We are not able to confirm if Pohnpei will be able to receive the
broadcast feed on Island Cable TV.