17 Aug 2011

Cooks government steps in to ensure sport team gets to Pacific Games

1:36 pm on 17 August 2011

The Cook Islands government has stepped in to guarantee that its sports team can compete at the Pacific Games which begin in New Caledonia next week.

The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committe had a shortfall in its finances and the government has agreed to pay for the team's flights to reach Noumea, costing more than 100,000 US dollars.

The Minister for Finance and Sport, Mark Brown, says CISNOC has been caught short because some revenues from fundraising are late in coming in.

Mr Brown says it's embarassing for CISNOC, and conditions have been applied in return for the government's assistance.

"We've insisted as a requirement of the guarantee that we place a couple of our senior officials on the executive board of CISNOC and their responsibility will be, I guess, to provide an assurance that the financial management of CISNOC is being done in a responsible manner."

Mark Brown