COOK ISLANDS TO HOST 2009 PACIFIC ‘MINI’ GAMES

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, April 2) - The Cook Islands has won its bid to host the 2009 Mini South Pacific Games, after a vote at the South Pacific Council meeting in Palau last night.

"We're all excited and very happy and looking forward to coming home," said Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee manager Robert Graham last night by telephone.

The delegation to Palau was led by the committee’s president, Tiki Matapo.

The Cooks won the vote 28-15 over Wallis & Futuna, which also bid for the games.

The go-ahead to host the games makes up for the disappointment in 2000 when council members voted for Palau to hold the 2005 Mini Games over the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands hosted the Mini South Pacific Games in 1985, which led to the establishment of the National Stadium at Tereora.

April 9, 2004

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