8 Jun 2017

Petition to be presented to Tongan King for Pac Games

7:31 pm on 8 June 2017

The head of Tonga's amateur and Olympic committee, Lord Vaea, is putting his final hopes of the country hosting the 2019 Pacific Games in a petition to the King.

The prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has told a meeting with the Pacific Games Council that he is adhering to his announcement last month to pull of out of hosting the event.

Lord Vaea said Mr Pohiva never gave the council a chance to offer its assistance and alternative options.

Tongan opposition and Noble MP Lord Vaea

The acting president of TASANOC and noble MP, Lord Vaea Photo: RNZI/Koro Vaka'uta

He said now a petition involving the sporting community, school principals and members of the general public will be presented to the king next week.

"He takes it into consideration but also it's an indication to the government to acknowledge that there is big support for the games to be held in Tonga," Vaea said.

"They will be amazed at the amount of people supporting the petition that goes to the King. It is an appeal to the King. We're hoping for several thousand here in signatures."

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