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Samoa 2019 Games readiness

The Pacific Games Council (PGC) President, Vidhya Lakhan and CEO Andrew Minogue, have been in Apia this week to assess Samoa’s final preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Meetings were held with the Chairman of the Games Organising Committee, the Hon. Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio (Minister for Sport); with the President of the host Pacific Games Association (SASNOC) alongside CEO Matthew Vaea and Chef de Mission Nynette Sass; and with the Pacific Games Office CEO Falefata Hele Matatia, his management team and the wider staff members.

President Lakhan and CEO Minogue also visited every competition venue and spent a couple of hours visiting all sections of the Athletes’ Village at the Faleula Methodist Compound.  All these venues are more than adequate to host a very successful Games and for the athletes to be accommodated comfortably during their stay in Samoa.

The PGC congratulates and highly commends the Government of Samoa for the considerable investment it has made in preparing the facilities and funding the Games Organising Committee’s operations.  The PGC also sincerely thanks the many commercial partners and sponsors who have assisted the Games Organising Committee with their valuable financial support and in-kind contributions.  The PGC pays special tribute to the Methodist Church for providing their compound to the Pacific athletes at a time of year when they would normally be hosting their major annual conference.

With the finishing touches now being applied to the venues and the Games Organising Committee’s operational plans, the PGC can declare that Samoa will be ready to host the 2019 Pacific Games in July.

The positive welcoming messages from the twinning schools evidenced by their colorful banners and flags along the streets of Upolu are already creating the welcoming atmosphere which indicate the genuine support of the Samoan people for these Games.

President Vidhya Lakhan said, “I wish to personally thank the Prime Minister, the Minister for Sport and all Samoans for getting behind the hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games.  The Games Organising Committee is working extremely hard to deliver a very successful Games and the PGC has every confidence in them.  The venues are of a first-class standard for the Pacific Games and the Athletes’ Village will provide a relaxing and comfortable home away from home for the athletes of the Pacific. I leave Samoa this weekend with a sense of high anticipation for my return in July for what should be a most memorable Games”.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Office is proud to announce Samoa Pure Water as a Silver Sponsor of the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.

The announcement was made by the Director of Sponsorship, Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a, at a brief signing ceremony this morning.

“On behalf of the Chairman, the Executive Committee, the Organising Committee and the Government of Samoa, I’d like to convey a huge Fa’afetai tele lava and thank you to Samoa Pure Water for their sponsorship.

“We wouldn’t be able to stage these Games without the support of our people, government, stakeholders and partners, so thank you once again Samoa Pure Water for your generous support,” said Tagaloa.

Tusa Victor Vaai, Chairman of Samoa Pure Water, spoke to reaffirm their support for the Games.

“We are happy to be working in partnership with the Pacific Games Office.  We are even more excited because we will be able to give back to the people of Samoa and get the rare chance to promote our products and Samoa to our visitors in July.”

Samoa Pure Water is a locally owned business based in Vaitele.  Their products are certified by the Ministry of Health in partnership with Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) and Scarab Systems Limited, a New Zealand-certified Institute of Safety Management. 

The sponsorship package is valued at $200,000 (US$130,000).  Samoa Pure Water is supporting the Greening of the Games initiative which looks to reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used for the Games. Samoa Pure Water’s support will ensure that there is a constant supply of water to all athletes and officials at the Games venues..

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