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Athletes to pay $16,000 for games participation

Tom Smith
Friday, April 11, 2014

NATIONAL sporting federations need to pay around $16,000 for each athlete for the 2015 Pacific Games.

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) said it was working with a budget of $2.5million for the event that would be held in Papua New Guinea.

President Reg Sanday revealed at a press conference 28 different sports would be competing at the games, and Fiji could have a team of 521 people combined from both athletes and officials.

The national federations will have a levy of $16,000 per athlete, the payments will be split into four different transactions payable on August 2014, November 2014, February 2015 and April 2015.

Sanday also mentioned that the sporting bodies would have to pay an upfront bond of $2500 on the June 7 to show their commitment and dedication to the games.

"I urge all of the different sporting bodies to begin their preparations and use different fundraising campaigns to allow us the best possible opportunity for the games," he said.

Sanday continued by sharing his excitement for the games and expressed his faith in experienced chef de mission Cathy Wong.

Wong also vowed to commit to the cause.

"You have my word that I will do everything in my power to ensure we are successful in the games and I will use all the experiences I have gained to make that a reality," she said.

The Pacific Games take place in Port Moresby, PNG, from July 4-18 next year.

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