11 Oct 2012

Sport: Very different bids on offer for 2019 Pacific Games

11:36 am on 11 October 2012

The Executive Director of the Pacific Games Council says members will have two distinct bids to choose from at next week's General Assembly.

Delegates from 22 Pacific countries and territories will descend on Wallis and Futuna next week to decide who will host the 2019 Pacific Games.

The Games Council received the bid documents from Tahiti and Tonga in April and reviewed the bids in the middle of the year.

The Executive Director of the Games Council, Andrew Minogue, says both bids are very different.

"Tonga have never had the Pacific Games before so this is a real opportunity for them to develop a lot of sporting infrastructure that they don't have in place. Tahiti, on the other hand, have had the Games on two occasions previously, so they have facilities and a lot of experience. But, on the whole, I think the conclusion that we've reached is that both bidding countries are capable of staging the Games and therefore I expect both of them to put a very good case to the membership at the general assembly."