4 Sep 2017

Samoa to host 2019 Pacific Games

From , 5:04 am on 4 September 2017

Samoa has less that two years to prepare for the Pacific Games after it was announced as the host on Friday.

Tonga was to host the games until July, but their government suddenly pulled out saying could not afford to host them.

It had been a two-horse race between Samoa and Guam for hosting rights, but a budget agreement between Guam's governor and legislature could not be met in time.

The Pacific Games Council's chief executive, Andrew Minogue, told Jamie Tahana that Samoa's was left as the only capable choice.

Pacific games ceremony in PNG

Photo: RNZ Vinnie Wylie