Samoa PM says media report about Samoa Rugby Union's debt is “stupid”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has downplayed the Samoa Rugby Union’s (SRU) financial state, saying a media report about it owing $1.5 million is “stupid.”
“It’s a stupid idea from journalists who don’t understand what they’re doing,” he said.
The Prime Minister, who is also the Chairman of SRU, was speaking to the media earlier this week when he reassured that there was nothing to worry about in terms of the Union’s finances.
Last week, a story titled “Rugby Union audit shows $1.5m debt” was published in the Samoa Observer.
Asked for a comment, Tuilaepa said the debt claim made in the article was a “stupid idea from the journalists.”
He explained that from time to time, the Union needs sponsors to prop up its finances.
“Sponsorships help the Union financially otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to participate in matches overseas like the recent one,” he said referring the Manu Samoa’s participation at the recent Lager Series in South Africa.
“They are also preparing for another trip to Europe where the Rugby Union is finding sponsorships to help.”
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