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Doubts over Tonga hosting the Pacific Games in 2019

Concerns have been raised about Tonga hosting the Pacific Games in 2019.

This was raised at a meeting in the village of Houma attended by Tongatapu Constituency 6 People’s Representative and Minister of Public Enterprise, Poasi Tei.

At the meeting, Viliami Halatoa of Houma said Tonga was not ready to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

In response, the Minister said Government supports the hosting of the Games and has set aside TOP$1 million to the Ministry of Sports to establish a sports academy in preparation for the Games in four years’ time.

At the same time, development and donors have indicated support to prepare the island kingdom to host the next regional sporting event.

Papua New Guinea's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio, at the closing of the Pacific Games in PNG, pledged to help Tonga in 2019.

“We wish Tonga good luck for 2019. Your brothers and sisters from PNG will help you, said Sir Michael.

Papua New Guinea hosted the Pacific Games in Port Moresby last month.

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