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Pacific Games Update
4:09 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2012, Fiji
PNG 2015 Pacific Games

In recent correspondence to all PGAs, PNGSFOC has officially announced the dates of the 15th Pacific Games, which will be held in Port Moresby from 4-18 July 2015.  Please mark these dates in your forward diaries and be sure to inform your national federations.  The Executive Board of the Council will be in Port Moresby next week to assess the latest state of preparations for PNG2015, and we wish our hosts in PNG the best of luck as the preparations begin in earnest.

2019 Pacific Games Bids

The Council is delighted to advise that as at the formal close of bids date on Wednesday 18 April, the PGAs of Tahiti and Tonga lodged applications to host the 2019 Pacific Games.  At its meeting next week, the Executive Board will form an evaluation process which will culminate in a report to PGAs on the bids later in the year. The Council congratulates Tahiti PGA and Tonga PGA on the publication of their respective bid documents and wishes both the very best of luck over the next six months leading into the vote at the General Assembly on 18-19 October in Wallis & Futuna.

Doping Control Results 2011 Pacific Games

As PGAs may recall from the Council’s correspondence in late 2011, there were 12 adverse analytical findings from a total of 341 in competition doping control tests conducted during the 2011 Pacific Games.  Six of these cases were resolved at that time, without any requests by the athletes concerned to be subjected to a formal hearing of the PGC Disputes Tribunal.  In each case, the Council imposed the Oceania RADO recommended sanction of disqualification from their NC2011 event and a two year ban from competition.  The athletes concerned were: Emmanuel Buchin (Bodybuilding, S1. Exogenus and Endogenus Anabolic Androgenic Steroids), Maurice Tchan (Bodybuilding: Stanozolol); Heifara Tahutini (Surfing: S8. Cannabinoid); Yasmina Feuti (Taekwondo: S8. Cannabinoid); De’Andre Walker (Basketball: Methylhexaneamine); and Mate’o Vaihu (Bodybuilding: Stanozolol, Clenbuterol, and Hydrochlorothiazide).  

The Council can now advise PGAs that a further four cases have recently been resolved via the PGC Disputes Tribunal chaired by CAS lawyer Tim Castle (NZ), and also comprising Sir Geoffrey Henry (COK) and Ms Lorraine Mar (FIJ). The athletes concerned were: Carl Aguon Jr (Va’a: Methamphetamine), Meteng Wak (Powerlifting: Probenecid); Rodrigue Tetainanuari'I (Basketball: Morphine); Sitani Selao Tautalanoa (Bodybuilding: Methylhexanamine).  In each of these four cases, the PGC Disputes Tribunal imposed the Oceania RADO recommended sanction of disqualification from their NC2011 event and a two year ban from competition.  These sanctions by the PGC Disputes Tribunal have been forwarded to the respective international federations for further action.  As appropriate, medals will be returned and re-distributed to the other placegetters.  A further two cases remain pending.



SOURCE: PACIFIC GAMES COUNCIL/PACNEWS

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