26 Apr 2017

Sport: Vanuatu hoping to hold test events at Mini Games venues

12:31 pm on 26 April 2017

Organisers remain hopeful of holding a test event at the main Korman site before the start of the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

The Games get underway in Port Vila on December 4 and Van2017 CEO Clint Flood said the majority of sporting venues will be handed over to organisers a month in advance.

He said roofs have been installed at the Korman site but it will take longer until everything is ready for competition.

"The second stadium is well underway - all the walls and things are going up (and) they'll be putting on that roof in the next couple of weeks," he said.

"The pads for the tennis courts are poured, the beach volleyball court areas have been framed in, the old track has been torn up and the infield is now being levelled so we can have a proper infield - we've got a detailed schedule from the Chinese contractors.

"We're confident that as long as there's no other major delays...we're pretty confident that that November 1 day will be met."

Van2017 CEO Clint Flood

Van2017 CEO Clint Flood Photo: Van2017

"We're trying to figure our whether we can do something in November where we load up the venue, particularly Korman complex for one time because it will not have been tested before the Games," said Flood.

"So we need some sort of ability (to check) - whether it's a sporting event or whether it's a cultural activity but we need to figure out a way to test that prior to December the fourth."

Clint Flood said with May fast approaching, the organising team is very conscious of what still needs to be done.

"All our tenders for the big packages: beds and mattresses and catering and all those sorts of things have closed and we're busy evaluating those in the next couple of weeks to let the orders," he said.

"We're working diligently with the international sport federations to make sure that the technical delegates are up to speed with our plans on how we're going to conduct the sport.

"We're busy ordering sport equipment, working a lot with the venues and the teams, a fairly aggressive community awareness programme...a lot of things happening on all sorts of fronts right now."

Clint Flood said they're also trying to hire more staff and are liaising with the Vanuatu government about getting some staff to come over on secondment.