This was announced by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister- the Honorable Charlot
Salwai in opening the Pacific Games Council’s (PGC) General Assembly at the Warwick Le Lagoon Resort in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
“My government is committed to be the host of this important event and it is also important especially for the young generations,” said Prime Minister Salwai.
He has also extended an invitation to PGC members attending the assembly to visit the venues for the 2017 Games and see for themselves that Vanuatu is committed.
PGC president Vidya Lakhan thanked Prime Minister Salwai, the Council of Ministers and the people of Vanuatu for the commitment and assurance given to the 22 island nations - members of PGC.
“Honorable Prime Minister, we are delighted to have your personal commitment and support and your government to ensure that the 2017 Games is a successful one.”
Lakhan informed a joint-press conference that there will be an evaluation commission set up to review the initial plans and budget for the Games and come back to the Council with a report by June 24.
The PGC Assembly saw the attendance of Australia and New Zealand for the first time as observers. They are members of the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC).
PGC executive director Andrew Minogue said the Council was delighted to have 21 of the 22 Pacific Games Associations present in Port Vila.
“We’ve invited Australia and New Zealand to be observer, they are delighted to be here as well including ONOC led by its president and member of the IOC- Dr Robin Mitchell of Fiji.”
It has been approved that Australia and New Zealand compete in two sports in Vila next year and eight sports for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga.
Both countries competed in four sports at the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea last year.
Minogue said the deliberations on day one of the assembly focused on the future of the PGC’s sports programmes whereby it has been decided that future games will only cater for 24 sports instead of 26.
“Just to lighten the load on our hosts but at the same time we are increasing the number of sports on the programme that are compulsory from 14 to 16 with sailing and triathlon being promoted,” Minogue said.
The hosts of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games- Vanuatu, 2019 Pacific Games- Tonga and 2021 Pacific Mini Games- Northern Marianas will also present reports at the assembly.