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Govt. assistance to S.R.U. totals $2.5 million

The Samoa Government has provided financial assistance to the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) to the tune of $2.5 million over the last four years. 

This is according to the public accounts for the financial years 2015 to 2018. 

According to public account records for the first six months for F.Y. 2018, half a million was given to the S.R.U. as per “financial request from the S.R.U".

In F.Y. 2015, $1 million tala was given to the organisation, this was for financial assistance to carry out its program for the year, according to the public accounts. 

For F.Y. 2016-2018, the S.R.U. received $500,000 each year.

S.R.U. Chairman, and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said in the report that it was a tough year, as they had to deal with a large overdraft due to settling over $1 million in debts from 2015.

“Overall activities of the Union for 2016 saw a net loss of $106,000 with the S.R.U. posting a profit of $153,000 which was offset by a loss in High Performance Unit of $259,000.”

The report points out that “the Union’s immediate debts have decreased from $685,000 to $480,000 and the Union is looking at closing off all long outstanding debts by 2018".

Also indicated in the public accounts for the first six months of financial year 2018 are the financial assistance the government donated for the other sports entities. 

Financial assistance for the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee for the Commonwealth Games totalled $220,000 and $20,000 was donated to Toa Samoa for their preparations for the World Cup at the time. 

Financial request of $580,000 was sought for the Pacific Games in Vanuatu, however public records show that the Cabinet approved $300,000 in funding. 

The Samoa Government has spent $614,837 to send patients overseas for medical treatment.

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