Tonga's government says it remains committed to the success of the 2019 Pacific Games, despite its inability to host the event.
In a statement the government said over the last two years, its efforts to mobilise financial resources to fund the Games had been an enormous challenge.
It said it was concerned that the economy could be jeopardised and the stability and ability to deliver its national priorities could be derailed.
However it said it would still dedicate its efforts to strengthening facilities and cultivating sports in the hope that it could host the Games in the future.
The statement said the country remained committed to working with donor partners and the public to support and contribute to the success of the 2019 Games.