Stranded sport teams leave for PNG, PM demands report from TASA

     The stranded Tongan sport teams who arrived at Fu’amotu airport on Tuesday to find their names weren’t on the passenger list finally left for the 2015 Pacific Games this morning Saturday 11  on a charter flight organised by the government.

    Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is dissatisfied with how the Tonga Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC or TASA for short) handled the incident and has demanded an immediate report.

    It has been revealed the government had already provided TASA with TP $464,000 as its contribution towards the players travel costs.

    There had been an agreement that the government, TASANOC and the teams would each pay one third of the travel costs and allowances of athletes

    It specified TASANOC would be responsible for collecting the funds and booking the tickets with Fiji Airways.

    However, in March TASANOC began informing the teams that the agreement had changed and they could book their own tickets online and just send the details to TASA for reimbursement, Radio FM 87.5 reported.

    But when 56 competitors arrived at the airport on Tuesday they discovered no one had paid for their tickets.

    TASANOC’s treasurer Hasiloni Fungavai told the radio that the national sport authority could not pay its share because the money was not immediately released. He did not give any details of where the money was supposed to be released from.

    The Director of Tonga’s Ministry of Sport ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi told the radio that after Tuesday’s problems the government was looking for additional funds to cover the shortfall.

    Ánisi said the government was deeply concerned by developments and wanted a full accounting of TASA’s expenditure.

    He said the Prime Minister and Cabinet weren’t satisfied with TASA not paying their share.

    Tonga has 255 athletes altogther where the majority has already in PNG.

    The incident on Tuesday left the athletes in a desperate situation while TASA’s officials – President Robyn Kaho,  Former Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau and Interim General Secretary ‘Ahongalu Fusimalohi were already in PNG.

    Fusimālohi did not respond to our repeated requests for comments.

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    1. Kuo lava ‘o folau e kau sipoti ‘a Tonga ne tukuhausia he efiafi Tūsité ‘i he Mala’e Vakapuna Fu’amotú ‘aneuhu ke kau atu ki he Sipoti ʻa e Pasifikí ʻi Papua Niu Kiní.

      Ka kuo mahino e loto mamahi lahi ʻa e palēmiá ki he toʻo fatongia ʻa e kautaha sipoti ʻa Tongá ʻa ia ʻoku ʻiloa ko e TASA pea kuó ne tuʻutuʻuni ke ʻomi haʻanau līpooti leva ki he meʻa ne hokó.

      ʻOku mahino mai naʻe ʻi ai e tō nounou he tafaʻaki ʻa e TASA ke totongi e vahe tolu ʻe taha ʻa e paʻanga fakamole ki he folau ʻa e fānau sipotí.

      ʻA ia ko ʻenau aleapau mo e puleʻangá pehē ki he ngaahi timi sipotí ke nau vahe tolu ʻa e katoa ʻo e fakamole ki he folaú ʻo kau ai e sēniti toʻotoʻo ʻa e fānaú ki heʻenau ngaahi fakamole lolotonga ʻenau ʻi Papuá.

      Kuo pehē mei he TASÁ ne tupu ia mei he ʻikai lava ke fakaʻatā leva ʻa e paʻangá ki tuʻa ka ne ʻikai haʻanau fakamahino pe ko e paʻanga hā ia pea naʻe ʻaí ke fakaʻatā mei fē.

      Kuo ʻilo hake foki ʻeni he meʻa kuo hokó ne toe liliu ʻe he TASA ʻa e aleapau ki he taki vahe tolu ʻe taha ne nau femahinoʻaki ai mo e puleʻangá pehē ki he ngaahi timi sipotí ʻo liliu ia ʻi he māhina Māʻasí ke totongi pe ʻe he taki taha timi ʻenau fakamole mo ʻenau tikite folau pea toki ʻoange e ngaahi fakaikiiki ke toki totongi fakafoki mai ʻe he TASÁ ʻa mui ange.

      Kuo mahino ʻeni ne iku toe fua ʻe he puleʻangá ʻa e meʻa fakapaʻanga kotoa hili e faingataʻa ne hoko he ʻaho Tūsité kae lava ʻa e folaú ʻa ia kuo feʻunga fakakātoa e paʻanga kuo ʻave ki he TASA ʻe he puleʻangá ke fuaʻaki e fakamole ʻa e kau sipotí mo e Fa Kilu Ono Mano.

      Ko e tuʻunga fakamamahi kuo aʻusia ko ʻeni ʻe he niʻihi ʻo e fānau sipotí kuo hoko mai ia lolotonga kuo ʻela atu ʻa e kau māʻolunga ia ʻo e TASÁ – Palesitení ʻa Robyn Kaho, Sekelitali Seniale ki muʻá Takitoa Taumoepeau mo e Sekelitali Fakataimi, ʻAhongalu Fusimālohi ʻi Papua Niu Kini ʻi he sipotí ʻa ia ne kamata ʻi he ʻaho 4 ʻo Siulaí ni ʻo toki fakaʻosi ki he ʻaho 18.

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