Dr. Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport today met members of the Maltese Olympic Committee Board of Directors and staff during a courtesy visit to the Committee’s Headquarters. Dr. Grima was accompanied by Mr. Mark Cutajar, Chief Executive Officer, SportMalta.

Dr. Grima expressed his satisfaction towards the work that the Maltese Olympic Committee undertakes as the chief governing body of sport in Malta and confirmed the Government’s commitment towards sports and the various initiatives that are organised throughout the year. Dr. Grima explained that Government will continue to invest towards the growth of Maltese athletes, highlighting the investments being made to ensure that sports as athletics, basketball, shooting and bowls have the best facilities where athletes can prepare themselves properly for international competitions.  Dr. Grima reiterated the Government’s backing by confirming that funding programmes would be developed around a four-year period. This timeframe would facilitate the development of programmes in the longer term.

Mr. Julian Pace Bonello, President of the Maltese Olympic Committee, thanked Dr. Grima for his visit and interest in the Committee’s work.  Mr. Pace Bonello expressed his satisfaction and the confidence that a good working relationship will continue to exist between the Committee, SportMalta and the Ministry.  Mr. Pace Bonello explained the long-term plans of the Committee, one of which was the preparation of Malta’s bid to host the Games of the Small States of Europe in 2023.  Whilst this is a major project that not only involves the logistics required behind such a large sporting event but also the preparation of athletes to ensure that good performances will be generated by Team Malta.

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