“We are sorry to see friends leave our shores and we thank you for taking part in these outstanding Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea,” PM O’Neill said.
“If you are a visitor, I hope your time in Papua New Guinea, and at these Games, will be among the proudest memories of your lifetime.
“We have witnessed outstanding competition and displays of sporting friendship.
“It was great to see the way athletes from different places and languages could break down barriers and congratulate each other and even cheer for their competitors.
“The atmosphere at the Games Village was also one of a true Pacific family and I know a lot of friendships and bonds have been made between teams and people.
“The names of all athletes, regardless of which country they came from or where they finished in their events, are etched into the history of this great sporting event.
“To have the smallest island states show such commitment to these Games, knowing some teams had to travel by several boats and planes to reach Port Moresby, is heartwarming.
“It was also good to see Aussie and Kiwi athletes participating in the Games for the first time and they added a new dimension to competition.
“To every athlete, coach, official and supporter from the competing nations, Papua New Guineas thank you for taking part in the 2015 Pacific Games.”
The Prime Minister said there are a number of events still to be held and many more medals to be won, and he called on the public not to miss out on the sporting spectacle of the remaining days.
“It is close at the top of the medal table and we are looking forward to some strong competition in the final events.
“I know all athletes will give it their best shot for their respective countries.
“There are still tickets for events so I hope as many people as possible can attend.
“Participating or watching Pacific Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people so it is best to make the most of the chance to be a part of this great event.”