Samoa’s preparations to host 2019 Pacific Games on track

The Samoa Pacific Games CEO, Matatia Hele Matatia with CEO of the Pacific Games Council, Andrew Minogue

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018: The Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Games Council, Andrew Minogue speaks highly of the level of planning and Samoa’s preparations for next year’s Pacific Games.

Minogue is in Samoa, for a 3 day visit to get a full understanding of where Samoa is at in preparations for the Pacific Games and will report back to the Games Council.

“As far as I am concerned, I am very happy and pleased with the progress Samoa has made with its preparations, I have witnessed some of the refurbishing works in some sports areas as well construction works of the Multiple Sports Complex.”

More than four thousand athletes and officials from 24 participating countries are expected to be in Samoa for the games. All will be accommodated in hotels.

According to Minogue, their main focus now is on accommodation on the exact numbers of team members, exact dates of arrival and departure and hopefully there will be no last minute cancellations.

“It is a forever changing, from the time they leave their home countries to the day they leave Samoa, it keeps on changing.”

The Aquatic Center at the Faleata Sorts complex in Samoa

Minogue met with SASNOC management and he is happy with Team Samoa’s sports development towards the Pacific Countries.

“I have been told that some of Samoa’s athletes are being sent overseas for their pre- training programs.”

Samoa’s Parliament in its May sitting approved $11 million talā to host the Pacific Games.