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Samoa wins bid

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SAMOA will be officially handed the Pacific Games flag to host the 2019 Games in Apia at the end of the 10th Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Pacific Games Council president Vidya Lakhan expressed the council's gratitude to the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC)and the Samoan government for successfully bidding to replace Tonga, after the Tongan government's withdrawal.

"Hosts normally have seven years, we have only 573 days or less than two years to July 6, 2019," said SASNOC president Patrick Fepuleai.

"We bid for these games because we were confident we could do it based on two most important factors.

"One, all our facilities are in place, we will not be building any new ones, just minor renovations."

The facilities were used for the 2007 Pacific Games and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Fepuleai said they had the expertise.

"The second factor was our government is fully behind and supported our PGA."

Twenty-six sports are expected to be played at the 2019 Apia Games.

"We hope to host a successful 2019 Games," Fepuleai said.

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