23 Feb 2017

Sport: Pacific Games face delays in Solomons

1:44 pm on 23 February 2017

The venue for the main stadium for the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands has still yet to be decided and finalised.

Government officials say they are waiting for the 2023 Pacific Games Bill to be tabled and passed in parliament before any progress can start.

Deputy Prime Minister Mannaseh Maelanga had earlier confirmed that Taiwanese teams have been to Honiara to study sites.

The Stadium venue will cost an estimated US$28million.

The bill is listed to be tabled in the current sitting of National Parliament.

Meanwhile, negotiations with the Solomon Islands National University and the King George VI Secondary School for the use of land, previously used for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012, are still underway.

This is after the original site proposed for the stadium at Burns Creek, near the eastern boundary of Honiara, was abandoned due to difficulties evicting squatters from the land.