Team Koror gamely poses for a photo opportunity after winning the overall games. (Contributed Photo)

The biggest sporting event in Palau this year ended on June 23 with Koror State bagging the most medals among the 16 participating states.

Belau National Games had set both young and adults in high spirits for a span of nine days since June 14 as they competed in their respective events and at the same time, earned new friends along the way.

Koror finished off the games by garnering a total of 211 medals composed of 81 gold, 64 silver, and 66 bronze medals. Peleliu state then came in second, earning a total of 133 medals comprised of 39 gold, 54 silver, and 40 bronze. Airai state followed on the third rank with a total of 82 medals composed of 38 gold, 26 silver, and 18 bronze.

“[Koror State Governor Franco Gibbons] is quite humbled and impressed with the sheer dedication to the state of Koror by each athlete. They trained hard and played hard with the guidance of their coaches and team managers,” Koror State Government Chief of Staff Joleen Ngoriakl said.

Ngoriakl said that the Technical Team for Koror State included many KSG employees who made sure that all athletes had all they needed for the games.

“The Tech Team made sure all the athletes are fed, have everything they needed for their games, and we’re where they’re supposed to be. They played a vital role in Team Koror’s success,” Ngoriakl said.

“I’m proud to say that with all the medals and golds, Koror also showed remarkable sportsmanship to other states during the games,”Ngoriakl added.

Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) Secretary General and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton previously said that all states were represented in this year’s Belau Games, the first time after several years, and it was participated by a total of 1,615 athletes who competed in 14 different sports events.Around 600 volunteers also worked closely with the Belau Game organizers. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)