Samoa Awaits PGC Decision on Pacific Games

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) hope that a decision will be reached this weekend on who will host the 2019 Pacific Games after Tonga announced it was withdrawing its offer to host.

SASNOC President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i says  Samoa has not yet made a formal bid to host the games.

“But we have informed the Pacific Games Council that Samoa is prepared to host the games in 2019”.

 According to Fepulea’i the PGC is having an emergency meeting this weekend to consider Tonga’s withdrawal and what to do, going forward.

 He said SASNOC is concerned with the time constraints for preparations.

 “One of the concerns is that we have only two years to go before the 2019 Games. I am not sure if there is enough time to go through a lengthy bidding process”.

Samoa has hosted the Pacific Games twice before and seem to have the infrastructure in place to host the Games.

 The Peoples Republic of China earlier this week signed an agreement to inject funds into maintenance of the sports facilities.

 Fiji is also reported to be interested in hosting the games.

 But Fepulea’i said, “everything hinges on the decision by the PGC in the weekend”.

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