Tonga review Pacific Games hosting

PM AKILISI POHIVA (photo: Nuku'alofa times/ Tevita Siliva)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 15: 11:36am(RNZI):¬†Tonga’s government is expected to make an announcement today on whether to go ahead with the 2019 Pacific Games.

Reports say the review follows an analysis of the impact of hosting the event would have on the economy.

Preparations for the games have been plagued with controversy since Tonga was awarded the hosting rights in 2012.

There have been construction delays, financial concerns, contractual disputes and an ongoing feud between prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and organising committee chair Lord Sevele which culminated in the latter being reinstated by the courts after Mr Pohiva removed him.

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