Samoa has today (Friday) been awarded hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the Pacific Games multi-sport event.
Samoa will replace Tonga as host of the event, with the latter country having withdrawn its bid earlier this year due to financial concerns.
Samoa, Guam and Tahiti had stepped forward with bids to replace Tonga. Tahiti withdrew its bid earlier this week amid a lack of government support, and the Pacific Games Council has now awarded the event to Samoa after doubts emerged over funding for the Guam bid.
The Games will take place in Samoa from July 8-20, 2019.