6 Apr 2007

Samoa PM fights back against criticism of Games facilities

10:08 am on 6 April 2007

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says there is a lot of misinformation about Samoa's preparations to host the 2007 South Pacific Games later this year.

The Talamua online news service quotes the prime minister as saying there seem to be people who only pass by the games facilities and don't see that they will be ready.

Tuilaepa says the facilities may even be collecting dust and cobwebs before the games start.

He was speaking at the opening of the world class Tennis Courts at Apia Park where for the first time, the Davies Cup will be hosted by Samoa this weekend.

Guam has said that it is reducing its contingent to the games because the facilities are not ready and the hosts have not provided answers to questions about the Games Village, the menu and other preparations.

The Games Council Chairman, Vihdya Lakhan of Fiji, has described the sports facilities as world class and says while there are minor facilities and accommodation still being built, they will be ready in time for the Games.