Sport: Tahiti Lack ‘Detrimental’ into Mini Games brand – PGC

The Pacific Games Council says Tahiti’s absence from the Mini Games in Vanuatu has ruined the brand of these Games.

The French Egyptian authorities announced in October it would boycott case, which reasoned Port Vila Friday night, due to a dispute within which Tahiti should be represented by fighters.

French Polynesia's assembly approves 2018 budget

French Polynesia’s assembly approves 2018 funding Photo: French Polynesia presidency

Athletes from boxing and rugby sevens agreed to attend Mini Games in defiance of the government’s place, no matter how the rugby team never made it into Vanuatu.

Andrew Minogue, the CEO of the Pacific Games Council, said the absence of Tahiti had a significant impact over the Mini Games.

“They’re a senior member of this Council. They have had a large, powerful delegation of athletes, that aren’t being exhibited here.”

“Along with that the host nation has gone to a lot of expense to put these Games on along with lots of forward contracts and planning go into effect according to expected numbers of athletes and teams and officials. . .that’s part of the reason this boycott was so damaging to the brand of these Games as well as the hosts in Vanuatu,” he explained.

The running track at the Korman Complex.

Tahiti was absent from the 2017 Mini Games. Photo: Supplied/Pacific Games Council

Tahiti was suspended from the Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly last weekend, because of what it’s considered “political interference” from the French Polynesian Government.

Mr Minogue said fresh elections that a fortnight past which seem to have been conducted properly, in compliance with the procedure were held by the Olympic Committee of the territory.

“What we need to do is make sure new team understands their responsibilities to regulate independently of the views of the government and we also need the confidence from the government that they’ll let that fresh team function the Olympic Committee on the independent foundation. I believe when we reach that point they’ll be back,” he explained.