29 Nov 2016

Sport: Vanuatu Mini Games organisers say govt relations are key

2:33 pm on 29 November 2016

Organisers of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games are having to deal with more changes in the Vanuatu Government.

Seoule Simeon has replaced Norris Jack as sports minister while the director general in charge of the sports ministry did not have his contract renewed.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai publicly confirmed the Government's commitment to hosting the Games back in May.

CEO of Van2017 Clint Flood said the relationship is a work in progress.

"It's again getting this particular minister up to speed with the issues," he said.

"That always has some challenges, a bit of learning curve, but we're confident government is behind us - it's just a matter of making sure there is consistency of approach, in terms of how we do things.

"Government makes changes I'm sure for a particular reason - some positive reasons - but with that change always comes a new learning curve and with that getting to know the new players that are being appointed. It's a challenge but we will work through that."

Van2017 CEO Clint Flood

Van2017 CEO Clint Flood Photo: Van2017

This Sunday will mark one year until the start of the Mini Games.

Clint Flood said operational planning is in full swing and while they would like to be further ahead in their plans, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

He said the organising committee is still waiting on funding promised by the Vanuatu Government earlier this year.

"Not all in the bank, as would be expected. The government has made commitments through the host contract of a certain amount of level of funding," he said.

"If we get that funding I'm very confident that the programmes we have in front of us will be able to be delivered.

"The sponsors are stepping up as we had hoped and I hope that demonstrates some confidence in our planning so if the money comes forward in the time-frames that we've agreed with the government we will deliver the Games."

Van2017 organisers will announce seven new sponsors next week, including the major sponsor of the Mini Games.

The Korman Complex in Port Vila will be the main venue for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

The Korman Complex in Port Vila will be the main venue for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu. Photo: Van2017