28 May 2009

Cook Islands Pacific Mini Games all go - Minister

1:38 pm on 28 May 2009

The Cook Islands Government says a presentation to Cabinet yesterday confirmed that spending on the Pacific Mini Games remains within budget and construction is progressing well.

Rumours of a financial shortfall persist during the lead-up to the September event, with the organising company accused of misappropriating funds and criticised for building a new multi-purpose sports facility.

There have been suggestions that the Cook Islands government has approached China for more funding but the minister responsible for the games, Wilkie Rasmussen, says this isn't the case.

"There were earlier fears of shortage of funds because of some projections that were I think inflated. However the work that's shaping out at the moment is that we will be meeting the cost that we had budgeted for and the sale after the Games of assets that we purchased for the Games will reduce the cost to the organisers"

Wilkie Rasmussen says the only issue to be resolved before the Games is the appointment of a host broadcaster.