Vanuatu threatens to pullout of Mini-Games
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Vanuatu Daily Post says if this happens, it will be the firsttime in the history of the games that a host country has withdrawn from hosting the event.