2017 Pacific Mini Games: Vanuatu Wins!
Vanuatu has won the right to host the 10th Pacific Mini Games in 2017 following a close victory against Northern Mariana Islands and Nauru at the Pacific Games Council's General Assembly on 4 September 2011.
In the first round of voting the 22 Pacific Games Associations (PGAs) voted as follows: Vanuatu 8, Northern Mariana Islands 8, Nauru 6. With Nauru thereby eliminated, a second ballot was held in which Vanuatu prevailed over Northern Mariana Islands by 13 votes to 9.
This will be Vanuatu's second opportunity to stage this prestigious event after it hosted the 2nd South Pacific Mini Games in 1993.
Pictured here in celebration are the Vanuatu Minister of Sport, Vanuatu 2017 Bid Chairman Joe Carlo, the Vanuatu Deputy Prime Minister, and the Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan.
Immediately upon the announcement of Vanuatu's victory a host city contract was signed by the Vanuatu Deputy Prime Minister, the President of the Vanuatu PGA, Antoine Boudier, and Vidhya Lakhan on behalf of the Pacific Games Council.
Congratulations Vanuatu and good luck!