13 Feb 2015

Sport: Pacific Games Council comfortable with funding for 2019

12:10 pm on 13 February 2015

The Pacific Games Council says it is still confident Tonga will find the money required to host the 2019 tournament.

The Kingdom beat out Tahiti in a vote at the Council's General Assembly three years ago, despite not having secured the 70 to 100 million US dollars required to cover the construction and operational costs for the Games.

The Pacific Games Council have been in Nukualofa this week meeting with officials including the Prime Minister and Minister for Sport about progress towards 2019.

The Executive Director of the Games Council, Andrew Minogue, says the new Government remains committed to hosting the Games, and has a range of funding options.

"There's certainly a lot of detail around how that can be sourced. Again, it has to be worked through with the Government in terms of how the master-plan is finally confirmed. There's options in terms of some taxation arrangements [and] there's also options, as you'd understand, with donor countries. Particularly, at the moment, the Chinese government are looking at a big redevelopment of Tonga High School with sporting facilities. That's right in the centre of Nuku'alofa and near the main stadium that exists now."