Palau Wins. First row, from left to right: Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) President Frank Kyota, Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan, and PNOC Secretary General Baklai Temengil-Chilton during the announcement of Palau’s winning bid at the Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly held in Apia, Samoa on July 14. (Photo courtesy of PNOC)

The Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) had announced on July 14 that Palau won the bid to host the Pacific Mini Games in 2025 after securing 16 out of the 21 votes.

PNOC President Frank Kyota and Secretary General Baklai Temengil-Chilton, together with their staff, witnessed the announcement during the Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly held in Apia, Samoa on July 14.

The Pacific Games has 22 members but only 21 countries were present to cast their vote since Tokelau, another member entity, did not attend the meeting.

PNOC Secretary General Temengil-Chilton told Island Times that the “strong support” from the President’s office, the Congress, and the Council of Chiefs was the strength of Palau’s bid.

“Now we have to begin our work immediately to prepare to host the games and also prepare our athletes to achieve their goals and performances,” Minister Temengil-Chilton said.

Only Palau and American Samoa had previously presented their bids for the hosting of the games in 2025. American Samoa lost its bid to Palau after it was deemed to be non-compliant, according to the report by the

Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan, during his visit to Palau in April, said that hosting the game will give a nation an opportunity to showcase itself as a tourist and sporting destination not only in the Pacific but also to the rest of the world.

The Pacific Games Council previously said it was working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Channel to be able to air the 2025 games worldwide.

The Pacific Games is eyeing around 3,000 athletes from the 22 member countries to participate in the sports events. Australia and New Zealand are also expected to send representations for the games.

The next edition of the Pacific Mini Games is to be hosted by Saipan of the Northern Mariana Islands in 2021. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct that only Palau and American Samoa (and not Samoa) had presented their bids to host the Pacific Mini Games in 2025. The Island Times editorial board and staff apologize for this error.