By Ruci Farrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pacific Games Council General Assembly will begin legal action against Tonga early next year following Tonga's withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.
Tahiti is suspended after they boycotted the Vanuatu Mini Games over disagreements on who should represent them in boxing.
Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue say both decisions reflect the council's mandate for autonomy in sports without political interference.
"We'll go through a process with them in the early part of next year hopefully, to try and reach some agreements around the respective independence and autonomy of the sporting body."
Pacific Games Council meeting with Tonga Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee in July. Photo/ Twitter: Pacnews Pina.
Samoa now has the hosting rights for the 2019 Pacific Games.