By: L.N. Reklai

June 23, 2017 (Koror, Palau) 2017 Belau Games begins today with official opening ceremony commencing at 4:30pm at Palau Gymnasium. Fourteen of the sixteen States will be participating in this 11th Belau Games. [restrict]

Athletics event took place before the official opening from June 1 to 7th.  Basketball events started yesterday.  Rest of the events will start today at different venues and different times.

Governors Association had earlier requested that the games be postponed due to dengue epidemic and the anticipated drought. President Remengesau responding asked that the governors reconsider their request.  He urged everyone to continue doing what needs to be done and to work through the challenges rather than pull back from the challenges.

The games will proceed as scheduled beginning today. [restrict]