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The XVI Pacific Games closing ceremony at the Apia Park Stadium last night rolled in the praises for Samoa, at the success in hosting the largest gathering of athletes and officials in the history of the regional event. The President of the Games Council , Mr. Vidhya Lakhan, described the hosting of the 5 thousand athletes and officials as far exceeding expectations. Samoa had 14 months to organise the hosting of the Games when the Council gave the approval nod as hosts in place of Tonga. He also repeated the remarks made about Samoa hosting a ‘Miracle Games’, to underline the appreciation of the Council and member countries for making it possible within the short time frame. “Samoa has raised the par by taking the Games to another level,” Lakhan said. The Council President commended the hard work put in by everyone from the athletes to the volunteers and all the way to the school childrens’ traditional welcome of each country team. He said the childrens singing of each country’s national anthems and traditional entertainment touched many of the delegations. The school children were once again central to the entertainment for the closing ceremony. The Apia Park Stadium was full as the miracle of the rain holding off for the closing ceremony last night continued, after heavy downpours during the day. The emotions of the athletes making their last farewell to a place they have become familiar with in the last two weeks were felt all around. Both the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Chairman of the Games Council congratulated them on their performance and for being worthy ambassadors of their respective countries. They also wished them a safe journey home before the curtains fall for the last time on the XVI Pacific Games 2019.