23 Jun 2009

Mini Games in Cook Islands threatened to be cancelled

11:52 am on 23 June 2009

The president of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, has told the Cook Islands government that this September's Mini Games are on the wrong track and could be cancelled.

The Cook Islands News says Mr Lakhan has informed the Games organisers that after a recent visit and based on responses from local officials in past months, the Council is not convinced the Cook Islands is capable of hosting the event.

The newspaper reports Mr Lakhan as saying the Council is waiting for a report from the Games organisers about whether it can improve their performance.

Mr Lakhan says with less than 100 days before the Games start, the Council remains extremely concerned at the current state of affairs.

The letter follows scathing criticism of the Games organisers that Mr Lakhan issued in letters to government in March.

He says the organising committee remains ill-equipped to deliver the Pacific Mini Games to the standards as determined by the charter and host agreement.