Sports body being audited over PNG Games spending; PM threatens dismissals

    Prime Minister of Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photo/Tnews (Youtube)

    Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva said Tonga’s Association of Sports and National Olympic Games Committee (TASANOC) spending at last month’s Pacific Games was being audited.

    He said if the audit discovered any money had been mishandled and any TASANOC members had failed to perform their duties they would be dismissed.

    The Prime Minister said TASA had failed to make a financial report to an overseas donor which led to a loss of about $100,000 that was supposed to help fund Tonga’s participation in the Games.

    Speaking to the Tongan Television programme TNEWS, Hon. Pohiva said TASA had caused huge damage before and during the Games and this was not the first time they had created problems.

    Hon. Pohiva said it was important that Tonga’s preparations for the Pacific Games were in the hands of a reliable and responsible organising body. He said the government was keeping a close eye on the committees assigned to the tasks.

    Tonga Pacific Games 2019 Organising Committee

    The Prime Minister said he was also unhappy with the Tonga Pacific Games executive committee because it was behind schedule with preparations for the 2019 games.

    He said the construction of the golf course should have already been started, but nothing had happened so far.

    He said if government found out  the TPG committee members could not do what was expected of them, they could be replaced.

    Other donors

    Hon. Pohiva revealed that Papua New Guinea had promised to support Tonga financially and he was expecting millions from them.  He said he would meet with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill again soon.

    He also said it was Papua New Guinea’s head of state’s advice that gave him the confidence that Tonga can host the Games.

    He said China was also interested in some of the facilities for the Games, particularly the swimming pool and rugby fields. The communist country had requested plans and financial proposals for these facilities.

    He said it was possible China would fund four major facilities for the Games.

    He said two sports facilities that required a lot of money were the swimming pool and the golf course, but it now appeared there were donors to fund them.

    Benefits

    Prime Minister Pohiva said countries like China, Japan and New Zealand would like to see Tonga hosting the Games so that the kingdom’s sporting facilities could be upgraded to a more international level.

    Samoa hosted the Pacific Games in 2007 and after Hon. Pohiva  talked to their Prime Minister he found out the neighbouring country had hosted some of the sporting competitions for the recent Commonwealth Games because they still had their sport facilities like swimming pool.

    The Prime Minister said the government would upgrade ‘Apifo’ou College, Tonga College and Tupou High School’s sport fields and dormitories to be used by the Pacific Games officials and athletes.

    Local sport facilities like the Sia’atoutai cricket ground and Kolomotu’a rugby fields would also be upgraded.

    The Prime Minister said Tonga was the smallest country to host the Pacific Games.

    He said he feared that if Tonga turned down the opportunity to host the 2019 Games there was no guarantee it would have the opportunity to do it again.

    The main points

    • Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva said Tonga’s Association of Sports and National Olympic Games Committee (TASANOC) spending at last month’s Pacific Games was being audited.
    • He said if the audit discovered any money had been mishandled and any TASANOC members had failed to perform their duties they would be dismissed.
    • Pohiva said he was also unhappy with the Tonga Pacific Games executive committee because it was behind schedule with preparations for the 2019 games.
    • He said if government found out if the TPG committee could not do what was expected of them, they could be replaced.

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    1. Naʻe pehē ʻe he Palēmiá ʻAkilisi Pōhiva ʻoku lolotonga fai hono ʻātitaʻi ʻo e kautaha sipoti ʻa Tongá pe TASANOC fekauʻaki mo e paʻanga ne fakamoleki he Sipoti ko ia ʻa e Pasifikí ʻi he māhina kuo ʻosí.

      Ne ne meʻa ʻo pehē ka ʻilo ʻe he ʻātitá ne ngāue halaʻaki ʻa e paʻangá pe ne ʻi ai ha kau mēmipa ʻo e TASANOC ne ʻikai fai leleiʻi honau fatongiá ʻe tuku kinautolu ki tuʻa.

      Ne meʻa foki ʻa e Palēmiá ʻo pehē naʻe ʻikai ke ʻave ʻe he TASANOC ha līpooti fakapaʻanga ki he taha e ngaahi sino ʻokú ne fai mai honau fakapaʻangá pea tupu ai hano taʻofi ʻo ʻikai ʻomi ha paʻanga ʻe $1 Kilu nai ne tonu ke tokoni mai ki hono fakapaʻanga e kau atu ʻa Tonga ki he Keimi ʻa e Pasifikí.

      ʻI haʻane meʻa ki he polokalama ʻi he lea faka-Tongá ʻa e TNEWS ne pehē ʻe Pōhiva ko e maumau lahi ne fai ʻe he TASA ki muʻa pea lolotonga ʻa e Sipotí pea ʻoku ʻikai ko ha toki fuofua taimi ʻeni ke nau fakatupu ai ha palopalema.

      Ne toe meʻa foki ʻa Pohiva ʻo pehē ʻoku mahuʻinga ke fai ʻe ha sino fokotuʻutuʻu falalalaʻanga mo fakaoongoongo ʻa hono teu ʻe Tonga ʻa e Keimi ʻa e Pasifikí.

      Naʻá ne pehē ʻoku siofi ʻaupito ʻe Tonga ʻa e ngaahi kōmiti kuo fokotuʻu ke nau fai ʻa e fatongia ko ʻení.
      Kuo pehē foki ʻe he Palēmiá ʻoku ʻikai ke ne fiefia ʻi he Kōmiti ko ia Tonga Pacific Games ʻa ia ʻoku nau fai hono fokotuʻutuʻu ʻo e Sipoti ki he 2019.

      Ne ne pehē ʻoku tōmui ʻa hono langa ʻo e malaʻe tāpulú ʻa ia ne ʻosi taimi ke kamata ka ʻoku teʻeki fai ha meʻa ia ʻe taha.
      Ne ne pehē foki ka ʻilo ʻe he puleʻangá ʻoku ʻikai lava e kōmiti ko ʻeni ʻo fai fakatatau ki he meʻa ne fai atu ai e ʻamanakíʻe fetongi mo kinautolu.

      Ne pehē foki ʻe ʻOnapolo Pōhiva kuo palōmesi mai ʻa Papua Niukini te nau tokoniʻi fakapaʻanga ʻa Tonga pea ʻoku ʻi ai ʻene ʻamanaki ʻe lau miliona e paʻanga ʻe maʻu mei aí. Ne ne pehē foki ʻe toe vavé ni pe haʻane foki ki Papua ke fakamataha mo honau palēmiá ʻa Peter OʻNeil.

      Ne ne toe fakahā foki ne ʻikai pe tui ia ke fakahoko ʻe Tonga e Sipotí tuʻunga he vaivai fakapaʻangá ka e tālunga mo hono faleʻi ia ʻe he Palēmia o Papuá ʻa ia ko kinautolu foki ne nau fakalele ʻa e Sipoti fakamuimui ʻa e Pasifikí he māhina kuo ʻosí ke liliu ai ʻene fakakaukaú ʻo tui ʻe lava pe ʻe Tonga ia ʻo fakahoko.

      Ne toe meʻa foki ʻa e Palēmiá ʻo fakahā ʻoku ʻi ai e tokanga mai ʻa Siaina ki he niʻihi ʻo e ngaahi faiʻanga sipoti ʻi Tongá tautefito ki he suimingipulú mo e ngaahi malaʻe ʻakapulú. Kuo ʻosi kole mai ʻa e fonua kominiusí ni ke ʻoange ʻa e palani mo e fokotuʻutuʻu fakapaʻanga ki he ngaahi faiʻanga sipoti ko ʻení ko ʻene meʻá ia.

      Ne ne pehē ʻe lava ke fakapaʻanga mai ʻe Siaina ia ha faiʻanga sipoti ʻe fā.

      Pehē foki ʻe he Palēmiá ʻoku fiemaʻu foki ʻe he Siaina ia mo Siapani pehē ki Nuʻu Sila ke fakahoko ʻe Tonga ʻa e Keimí kae lava hikiʻi hake ʻa e tuʻunga ʻo e ngaahi faiʻanga sipoti ʻi Tongá ki ha tuʻunga ʻoku fakamāmaní.

      Ne fakahoko ʻe Haʻamoa ʻa e Sipotí ni ʻi he 2007 pea hili ha femeʻaʻaki ʻa Pōhiva mo honau palēmiá ne mahino ai ko e ongo Sipoti Kominiueli ʻe ua ki muí ni maí ne ʻomi ai e konga ʻo e ngaahi sipoti ne fakahokó ʻo fai ʻi Haʻamoa koeʻuhī ʻoku nau kei tauhi lelei pe ʻenau ngaahi faiʻanga sipotí hangē ko ʻenau suimingipulú.

      Ne meʻa foki ʻa e palēmiá ʻo pehē ʻe fakaleleʻi ʻe he puleʻangá ʻa e ngaahi malaʻe ʻakapulu ʻo e Kolisi ʻApifoʻoú mo Tupouhaisikulu pehē ki he Kolisi Tongá mo honau fale mohé ke ngāueʻaki ʻe he kau ōmai ki he sipotí mei mulí pehē foki ki he ngaahi vaʻinga e ala fai aí.

      ʻE fakaleleiʻi mo e ngaahi faiʻanga sipoti fakakoló hangē ko e malaʻe kilikiti ʻo Siaʻatoutai ko e malaʻe ʻakapulu ʻi Kolomotuʻa ki he Sipotí ʻa ia ʻe ʻosi ange ʻa e feʻauhí ni ʻe maʻu ai pe ʻe he ngaahi feituʻu ko ʻení ʻa e tuʻunga lelei ange hili hono fakaleleiʻi ʻo e ngaahi faiʻanga sipotí ni.

      Ne pehē foki ʻe he Palēmiá ko Tonga ʻa e fonua siʻisiʻi taha ke ne fakalele ʻa e Sipoti e Pasifikí.

      ʻOkú ne manavasiʻi naʻa ʻikai tali ʻe Tonga ke fai ki ai ʻa e sipoti ni pea ko ʻene mole ia ʻa e faingamālié ni ʻikai ʻilo pe ʻe toe maʻu mai.

      Kuó ne kole ai e poupou ʻa e kakaí kae lava ke fakahoko ʻa e Sipotí ni.

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