Sport: Pacific Games venues will be ready - PNG Govt

11:45 am on 23 February 2015

The Papua New Guinea government remain bullish in their belief that all venues and infrastructure will be ready for the start of the Pacific Games in July.

Contractors are working overtime to complete venues and accommodation in time for the 28-sport event.

A report at the end of last year highlighted major concerns about progress at the Games Village, the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Complex, the Sir John Guise Indoor and Outdoor Complex and the Rita Flynn Courts.

But PNG's Sports and Pacific Games minister, Justin Tkatchenko, says the outlook has improved in the past two months.

"The Games Village has got 30 building - that is nearing completion now, I am proud to say, as is the aquatic centre and the outdoor stadium. I can sleep well knowing that those two venues are definitely going to be ready for the Games. The Hubert Murray Stadium will have stage one finished for the Games but, at the end of the day, all these facilites will have everything ready for our athletes, who have the Pacific Games Organising Committee set up and ready to roll out on July fourth".

PNG's Sports and Pacific Games minister, Justin Tkatchenko.