5 May 2016

Sport: Pac Games Council comfortable with Tongan prep

12:20 pm on 5 May 2016

The Pacific Games Council says it is happy where Tonga is at with its preparations to host host the 2019 Games.

The council is holding their AGM in Port Vila next week to discuss events coming up in the next few years, including the 2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu, the Tongan event and bidding for the 2023 Games.

Pacific games ceremony in PNG

A ceremony at the last Pacific Games in Port Moresby in 2015. Photo: RNZ Vinnie Wylie

Preparations for the Tongan games have been plagued by financial issues and political infighting but council Chief Executive Andrew Minogue said he expects improvements will be seen soon.

"It's traditional that around the time of the Olympics, maybe a little bit after, the Olympic Committee will have their quadrennial elections and that will then set the team in place that will go through and deliver the Games and the Tongan team for the Games," he said.

"I think the next few months will give the opportunity for everybody to set a course for 2019. We are interested in that happening."

Minogue conceded some urgency surrounds the preparations.

"We're happy with the level of support and progress that's been made but we've obviously got to see those efforts step up pretty quickly as we are now really only just about three years away from the event itself."

Andrew Minogue said various countries are partnering with Tonga to assist them financially with the Games.

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Photo: Pacific Games Council

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