Tahiti suspended from Pacific Games

December 11th, 2017

 

December 11th, 2017

The suspension will formally take effect after the closing ceremony of the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games and will remain in force until the PGC Executive Board is convinced that this political interference has ceased and that the autonomy of the COPF is fully respected.

PGC president VidyaLakhan said, “the Tahiti Government had written to PGC advising if we did not recognize whom they wanted us to recognize then they will ask their national federations to boycott the Vanuatu Games.

“We see that as direct political interference.

“The Executive Board is of the decision if we don’t take action, if we don’t make the right statement, these things will continue,” Lakhan said.

Most of the 19 Pacific Games Associations present spoke in support of the suspension.

Tahiti has also been suspended as an associate member of the Oceania National Olympic Committee.

Story and Photo by ONOC




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