24 Sep 2008

Construction of Cook Islands stadium for mini Games about to start

3:23 pm on 24 September 2008

A ceremony will be held in the Cook Islands tomorrow to lay the first stone of the new stadium for the Pacific Mini-Games.

There's been ongoing controversy over the Chinese-funded stadium, with the Mini-Games committee saying the plans don't meet the tournament's requirments.

The executive director of the Pacific Games Council, Andrew Minogue, says the mini games was at the top of the agenda at this week's yearly council meeting.

"There's a ceremony in Rarotonga, to commence construction of the new multi-sport facility that will be built in time for the games and the World Youth Netball next year. The workers have arrived, the money has been appropriated by Cabinet, and work, I think has started, but the official ceremony to lay the groundstone happens tomorrow."

Andrew Minogue says everybody seems to be in agreement now, and everything should be ready in time for the Games.