The Pacific Games Council (PGC) Executive Board met last Friday to address the Tongan Government’s letter of withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.  


As part of its meeting, the Executive Board was addressed by Lord Vaea, acting President of TASANOC, and Lord Sevele, the Chairman of the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee.

The Executive Board resolved to make one last attempt to keep the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga. In 2012, the PGC membership voted emphatically for Tonga to host these Games and the Executive Board remains confident that Tonga can successfully deliver the event should the Government resume its support.

In the Pacific way, the Executive Board favors keeping the door open to the Tongan Government for a final short period to address its financial concerns with the PGC in a spirit of cooperation.

The PGC has previously written to the Prime Minister with this offer but will now ask TASANOC to facilitate an appointment for PGC representatives to meet with him and the Cabinet in early June to begin a process of fully reviewing the Games’ cost structures.