Palau is presenting a strong bid to host the Pacific Games 2025 according to the top executives of the Pacific Games Council who visited the country last week to survey available facilities here.
Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan and Pacific Games Council Executive Director Andrew Minogue both expressed positive feedbacks after meeting up government officials and surveying Palau’s sports facilities.
“We found that as far as the facility is concern, Palau has it all and if there is a need to host the game in the next couple of months, maybe with a coat of paint in some of the venues, we could do it, we don’t have to build new facilities, if you had to, then I don’t think that would be many facilities that you had to build,” Lakhan said.
Lakhan told the media that hosting the game will give a nation an opportunity to showcase itself as a tourist and sporting destination not only in the Pacific but also to the rest of the world.
Lakhan said that the council is now arranging with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Channel to air the 2025 games worldwide.
The Pacific Games is eyeing around 3,000 athletes from the 22 member countries to participate in the sports events and countries such as Australia and New Zealand are also sending representations for the games.
Pacific Games Council Executive Director Andrew Minogue said that the last time the games was held in Micronesia was in 2005.
“The Pacific Games has not been in Micronesia since 2005 so it’s overdue that we start bringing the games to this part of the Pacific and that is another feature of your bid that is attractive,” Andrew said.
Palau and the American Samoa are the only two nations who had bid to host the games in 2025. After visiting Palau, the council is also set to visit Samoa next month after which they would write an evaluation report.
The council is going to decide on the bid come July 14. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)