CONFUSED officials at the Pacific Games Council general meeting defeated the motion to include Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific Games.
Pacific Games Council (PGC) president Vidhya Lakhan said officials of many countries were confused as to what extend Australia and New Zealand would be involved.
"In the meeting one of the subjects was a resolution from the executive board which stated that we invite Australia and New Zealand to take pat in the Pacific Games in 2015 in selected sports in our terms and conditions," he said.
"I think the delegates were confused and they thought we were opening up the Council for Australia and New Zealand to join but it was not the case.
"So we had a lengthy discussion and in their confusion they voted against the resolution."
He said later the delegates realised what they had done and tried to bring up the subject again.
"When the delegates realised an hour after the meeting what they had done, they asked the executive council to reopen the discussion.
"We couldn't reopen the motion because it was defeated, but they can ask the executive board to re-look and submit anther resolution so they can put in the requests next year."
Lakhan said another subject they discussed was whether to change the Pacific Mini Games to the Pacific Youth Games.
"Within the council there was a general consensus last year to convert the Mini Games to the Youth Games but the executive board was not quite sure whether the Pacific government would support the Youth Games like the Mini Games or no so it was deferred.
"And now that the ministers were here at the Pacific Mini Games we brought up the subject again and after the meeting we got very valuable information from them.
"So now the executive board will go back and then put a formal, concrete proposal for the general assembly next year."