12 Nov 2011

Sport: CISNOC says fundraising double up to blame for shortfall

9:44 am on 12 November 2011

The President of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee says a fundraising double up was to blame for their inability to pay the teams costs to the Pacific Games.

CISNOC received an emergency loan of over 99 thousand US dollars from the Cook Islands government to help ensure the team made it to New Caledonia.

The President of CISNOC, Sir Geoffrey Henry, says their primary form of fundraising is through raffle sales.

But he says the country's sporting codes beat them to the punch, leaving little money left for the national body.

"The Pacific Games Council has taken our submission very seriously on behalf of all the teams from the Pacific because you've got a country like Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Niue, the Tokelau's - you know money doesn't just fall off the tree. The government has also taken interest in this issue."

Sir Geoffrey Henry says CISNOC's finances are under control and full details of their accounts will be revealed at the end of the month.