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Samoan PM: we are happy to host 2019 Pacific Games

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Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has said he is pleased with Pacific Games Council’s (PGC) decision to award the Pacific nation the rights to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

The PGC had been searching for a new host for the 2019 Games after Tonga had withdrawn financial commitments to host, reports PacNews.

Guam and Tahiti had expressed interest in hosting the Games alongside Samoa, during a protracted bidding period.

Samoa last hosted the Pacific Games in 2007.

Speaking to the Pacific regional media workshop in Apia, Tuilaepa said the 2019 Pacific Games has the backing of his government.

“We already have the facilities which we modernised as late as 2015. Whatever new additions we are required to put in by way of our maintenance we have funds to carry that out.

“In any case the arrangements we have made for this meeting (Forum Leaders Meeting) particularly all the arrangements in the welcoming of the members is part and parcel of our preparation hosting the Pacific Games,” said Tuilaepa.

President of Samoa Association of National Olympic Committee (SASANOC) Patrick Fepulea’I is confident Samoa will successfully host the 2019 Pacific Games.

“We are happy that we won the bid to host the Games.

“Now the hard work begins. We only have less than two years now before the Games in July 2019. The good thing about it is that we have the personnel from 2007 Games, we have the personnel from the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 and I think we need to come together and work as a team.

I’m very confident that we should be able to pull very successful games in 2019,” he said.

Fepulea’I confirmed the budget submitted for the bid to host the games was WST$40 million (approx US$16.04 million).