By: L.N. Reklai
June 12, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Palau Governors call for delay of Belau Games 2017 citing dengue epidemic and anticipated drought in August as reasons to postpone the games.
The letter dated June 7th went to Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Baklai Temengil, two weeks before the games are scheduled to begin.
Thirteen governors including Governor Yositaka Adachi, chairman and Governor Temmy Shmull Vice-chairman of the Association signed the letter. Angaur, Hatohobei and Sonsorol States did not sign the letter.
The letter cites that declared dengue epidemic pose a grave concern to the governors. Postponing the games will allow the Ministry of Health to concentrate its effort on controlling the dengue outbreak. Additionally, governors expressed that the delay will help them to prepare their States for the expected severe drought in August.
No response has been issued by either the PNOC or the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs on the status of the Games. [/restrict]