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West Papua may be included in future Pacific Games

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West Papua is one of the countries that could be included in future Pacific Games as the Pacific Games Council (PGC) continues to discuss ways of being inclusive of all the countries within the region.

The PGC’s Forum held after its annual general meeting in Port Vila was to hear members on several key topics such as associate membership, bid process and management structure

The other names that were floated in general discussion that could be invited to become members of the regional games were Christmas Island, Bouganville, Easter Islands and Hawaii apart from Australia and New Zealand.

These countries could in future become associate members with certain voting rights.

A couple of countries were a bit weary of Australia and New Zealand becoming full members, as they could dominate the Pacific Games.

Australian Olympic Committee member Helen Brownlee said that Australia was sensitive to the sentiments of the islands and would only enter sports where the islands were strong in such as weightlifting and rugby 7s.

The PGC Forum also discussed its bid process and management structure regarding terms of office bearers.

Members were satisfied with the current arrangements of seven years for bid process and terms of officials in office.