6 Sep 2011

Sport: Pacific Games Council says all regions can host

10:33 am on 6 September 2011

The Pacific Games Council is encouraging all of its members to consider bidding to host one of the regions major sporting competitions.

Vanuatu was chosen at the weekend to host the 2017 Mini-Games on the basis of it's proven track record and central location in the Pacific.

The Executive Director of the Games Council, Andrew Minogue, says Port Vila and Port Moresby, which will host the next Pacific Games, have the infrastructure to deliver large tournaments.

But Minogue says the Council is also keen to hear from smaller regions and says the upcoming Mini-Games in Wallis & Futuna shows it can be done.

"It's very important that each of our member associations have an opportunity to host something: whether it's the big games for the larger countries or the Mini-Games for the smaller ones. As a French territory that's relatively undiscovered - even within the Pacific - it's really an opportunity for the Wallisians and Futunians to sort of showcase themselves throughout the rest of the Pacific so it's a very good opportunity for the Games."

Andrew Minogue says the Council has also received expressions of interest from Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tahiti about hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.