Students studying at The University of the South Pacific (USP) Marshall Islands Campus will now be able to actively participate in the sport of tennis after the Campus re-opened its newly renovated tennis facility earlier this month.
The facility was renovated by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Majuro True Value Hardware at a total cost of approximately USD180,000.
The newly renovated tennis facility will also serve as the venue for the upcoming 10th Micronesian Games which will be hosted by the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) in June 2022.
Renovation works included the installation of new concrete slabs, replacement of tennis posts and nets, repair of surrounding fences, wind screens; installation of an entry gate and renovation of bathroom facilities and waiting area. Works also included the installation of energy efficient LED lighting fixtures; surfacing of courts and painting of boundary lines.
The tennis court was officially opened by the Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan), to RMI, His Excellency Jeffery Hsiao and the President of RMI, His Excellency David Kabua.
While delivering his remarks, Ambassador Hsiao said, “The Marshall Islands is going to host the 2022 Micronesian Games. It is perfect timing for the Embassy, True Value Hardware and USP to work together to fulfill renovation of this tennis court.”
“We hope this court can be used as a facility for training of the national tennis team and be used as one of the venues for the Games.”
“We look forward to seeing RMI national pride and passions for tennis when exciting games are playing on this court.”
“The tennis court also symbolises a long-time partnership between the Marshall Islands and Taiwan. It demonstrates the creativity of Taiwan’s cooperation projects in the Marshall Islands,” Ambassador Hsiao added.
The Marshall Islands Campus Director, Dr Brad Carte, said USP was grateful to the sponsors of the project and reassured them of the Campus’ commitment for the upkeep of the newly renovated facility.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Majuro Senator, Mr Joe Bejang; RMI Minister for Health and Human Services, Mr Bruce Bilimon; Majuro Mayor, Mr Ladie Jack; Executive Vice President of Majuro True Value, Mr David Chien and the Commissioner for Public School System, Mr Kanchi Hosia.