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Pacific Games to become Continental Games: PGC President

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Sports Ministers attending the 5th Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu have agreed to support the Pacific Games Council (PGC) in its quest to make the Pacific Games the Continental Games of the region.

This was one of the 12 recommendations approved by the Sports Ministers at the Ramada Hotel.
PGC President Vidya Lakhan says the vision is to eventually get Australia and New Zealand become full members of the Council.

During the meeting ministers acknowledged with thanks and deep appreciation the role of the host country of Vanuatu and the Organising Committee VAN2017 for all of their work and preparation for the staging of the 10th Pacific Mini Games.

Ministers paid special tribute to the Government of Vanuatu for their financial and technical support for the delivery of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, and for their active support for sport in the region.

Ministers agreed to support the Pacific Games Council’s endeavours to ensure the Pacific Games is recognised internationally as the premier multi-sports event in Oceania, with the goal of all Oceania nations and territories competing as members, allowing Pacific Games competitions to more easily qualify the region’s best athletes for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

Ministers agreed to continue their valuable partnerships and support for their national sporting organisations, whilst respecting their self governing status and autonomous operations.