Vanuatu Association of Sports And National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) chief executive Henry Tavoa has hailed the success of the recent Pacific Mini Games in the country.
Tavoa, Chef de Mission for the Vanuatu team at the Games, declared that “everyone was the ultimate winner in every sense” following the conclusion of the event in Port Vila, Inside the Games reports.
VASANOC officials also thanked the Government for their support of the Pacific Mini Games, where 24 nations participated in 14 sports.
“Vanuatu is now richer than ever before with the trained volunteers – staff, event managers, technical sports experts, security personnel, traffic control, catering, media, medical staff and in many more areas,” said Tavoa.
“The spirit of Vanuatu was truly ignited by these Games and we pray it will continue to burn brightly and brighter in the years to come.
“The athletes indeed won the medals but VASANOC believes all of Vanuatu was the ultimate winner in every sense.”
Vanuatu used home advantage to finish fourth in the medals table with a total haul of 77 medals, 22 of which were gold.