11 Sep 2007

Samoa seeks to become regional sport centre

6:01 pm on 11 September 2007

Samoa's Prime Minister wants the country to become the regional centre for sporting events.

A new corporation is to be established in Samoa to manage the sports facilities built for the just completed 13th South Pacific Games.

In a national address thanking the country for its support in hosting the games, the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said thje centre would be set up before the end of the year.

Tuila'epa says his government will work towards promoting Samoa as the region's centre for sporting events, starting with the world weightlifting competition in November when 60 countries compete.

The SPG council president, Vidyha Lahkan, says it will be a challenge for the host country to become the sporting centre of the Pacific.