The local organising committee of the 2019 Pacific Games has said it has met its sponsorship target of $9m tala (€3m/$3.4m), with less than a month to go before the start of the multi-sport event in Apia, Samoa.
The government-set target has been reached after 21 sponsorship deals were agreed in just over five months, the first of which being top-tier official sponsor, telco Digicel, which agreed a contract worth $3m tala back in December.
Salafai Metal Industries (SMI) became the latest sponsor last week, agreeing a deal worth $100,000 tala to become a supporting sponsor.
Apia 2019 said it expects to add more partners in the coming weeks, with director of sponsorship, Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a, stating: “It was a massive challenge from the outset. Praise God! Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem in only 52 days. We have only prepared these Games within 12 months and against all odds we have done it.”
The 2019 Pacific Games will take place from July 7-20.