(17 May 2017)

“Tonga withdraws from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games”

After careful deliberation, assessments and consultations, a decision has been reached by the Government of Tonga, to withdraw its rights to host the Pacific Games in 2019.

Over the last two years, the Government’s determination and efforts to mobilise financial resources to fund the preparations for the Games has been an enormous challenge. With grave considerations that, should Tonga continue to strive to host the Pacific Games, the Government was concerned that this will jeopardize the Tongan economy and derail Tonga’s macroeconomic stability and its ability to deliver its national priorities.

Even though, the Government cannot fulfil its obligation to host the Games at this critical stage; it will dedicate its efforts to strengthening the infrastructural facilities and cultivate sport development in the country, to enable it to host the Games in the future.

Tonga remains fully committed to working together in partnership with donor partners and the people of Tonga, supporting and offering invaluable contributions to the success of the 2019 Pacific Games.


Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644     Fax:  (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: Website:  MEDIA RELEASE 2017 May 17 Tonga withdraws from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games

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