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Caretaker Prime Minister Bob Loughman delivering his speech during the opening ceremony last Friday. Photo: Anasilini Natoga


To promote gender equality in football for Melanesian countries the women’s division will be included in the next MSG PM’s cup.

This was confirmed by caretaker Prime Minister Bob Loughman during the opening ceremony at Korman Stadium last Friday.

“I’m honored to announce that the next Melanesian PM’s Cup will also include women,” he said.

Loughman said it was an honour to be the first Prime Minister of the MSG Group to host the inaugural games and officiate at the historical ceremony.

Despite a few teething issues that was faced prior to the tournament, the caretaker Prime minister Loughman believe the one thing that unites people is sports and encouraged youths to engage in it.

“I stand to represent my fellow Prime Ministers to welcome everyone to Vanuatu Soil, especially all the teams that are here with us,” he said.

“Our Melanesian spirit display in many ways, our culture, the respect we demonstrate that is achieved through sports.

“It is indeed an honor for me to be the first PM, to host the first PM’s Cup, it’s not an easy role I know, the next country that will host, it will be easy.”

Australia’s High Commissioner Heidi Bootle said; “Sport plays a fundamental role inspiring young men and women to dream big and dedicate themselves to working hard to achieve their dreams.”

Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Leonard Louma, said it was a proud moment to see the culmination of a dream “of our MSG Leaders to revive the Melanesian Cup under the banner of the MSG Prime Ministers Cup”.

The next host of PM’s cup will be revealed on the final day.