Van­u­atu threat­ens to pull­out of Mini-Games

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Port Vila: The Pa­cific Games As­so­ci­a­tion of Van­u­atu is now threat­en­ing to ask the Pa­cific Games Coun­cil to with­draw the 2017 mini-games from Van­u­atu if ur­gent ac­tion by the Govern­ment is not taken to re­lease promised fund­ing. Van­u­atu Govern­ment was the main in­sti­ga­tor of a bid to host the games in the coun­try and had re­quested VASANOC to sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to host the games ac­cord­ing to VASANOC. Af­ter Van­u­atu won the bid in 2011, the host agree­ment was signed by the Govern­ment with the Pa­cific Games Coun­cil and wit­nessed by VASANOC.

It also says Van­u­atu’s bid in­cluded the writ­ten sup­port of Govern­ment, the Min­istry for Sport, the Port Vila Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and VASANOC.

But the As­so­ci­a­tion says there’s been no re­lease of funds from the Govern­ment, and VASANOC is now con­sid­er­ing no­ti­fy­ing the Pa­cific Games Coun­cil of Van­u­atu’s with­drawal as hosts of th­ese Games. The Van­u­atu Daily Post says if this hap­pens, it will be the first­time in the his­tory of the games that a host coun­try has with­drawn from host­ing the event.

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