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The Government will have to fork out U.S.$450,000 ($T1.08million) as the host fee for the Pacific Games in 2019 contrary to previous reports, which placed the fee at $290,000.
The figure was confirmed by two members of the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) who did not wished to be named.
The Association had not responded to efforts to clarify the amount.
As reported earlier, SASNOC President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i confirmed that $290,000 was the fee to be paid by the Government.
The Samoa Observer later found out that this was only a part payment, which was earmarked in the Government’s Supplementary Budget passed last week.
But two SASNOCmembers told the Samoa Observer the fee is US$450,000, which they say is the normal fee for every country that would host the Games.
“The Samoan Government is paying for the host fee because SASNOC is poor and cannot afford it,” President Fepulea’i said during a previous interview.
He explained that the Pacific Games and Pacific Mini Games own the Games and so any host country is required to pay this fee.
“For us as the host countries, we have to pay the host fee and we pay the fees to the owners of the games, that is basically what that is,” said Fepulea’i.
He said the host fee was paid in installments.
“The first payment is now due and the second payment is in the middle of the year, so by next July, we should be able to pay off the host fee.”
According to Fepulea’i, they are relying on the Government to front and guarantee the hosting of the games scheduled for July 2019.
He added the host fee is actually revenue for the Pacific Games Council for their operational costs.
“This is the main source of revenue for the Council, so it is not a matter of the fee being too much, this is the normal fee that is paid for by the host country,” he said.
Regarding the preparations, Fepulea’i said any host country for the Pacific Games is given seven years to prepare.
“However for us, we are given one year and six months to prepare and on the positive side of things, we have the facilities.”
Last week, SASNOC re-advertised the position for the CEO of the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee.
One of the Panellists told the Sunday Samoan the recommended candidate was not accepted by Cabinet, hence the decision to re-advertise the position.
According to the advertisement, the CEO’s salary will be between $115, 000 – $122, 000 and the contract is for two years.
The closing date for application is 9 February 2018.
SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS
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