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Arafura Games: Timor-Leste Confirms Participation in 13 Sports

Timor-Leste has confirmed the sports its athletes will take part in at the Arafura Games, which the Territory Labor Government is bringing back from April 27-May 4, 2019.

Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, today met with Secretary of State for Sport Mr Osorio Florindo Da Conceicao Costa and Consul General Francisco Jose Filipe to discuss Timor-Leste participation at the Arafura Games.

“Mr Osorio Florindo Da Conceicao Costa confirmed they will send athletes to compete in 13 of the sports offered, including athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, soccer, muay thai, netball, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and weightlifting,” Mr Vowles said.

“This is a great commitment from our closest neighbour, who we enjoy a close relationship with. We look forward to more countries confirming their attendance, and deciding which sports their athletes will take part in.”

Other countries officially signed up for the Arafura Games so far are Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“It is great to be bringing back the Arafura Games, which the former CLP government scrapped,” Mr Vowles said. “The Timor-Leste representatives were very pleased the Games are returning, recognising them as a relationship-building event in the Asia-Pacific region.”

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