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Pacific Games Council confident PNG will deliver on games

Pacific Games Council confident PNG will deliver on games

Updated 2 May 2012, 17:13 AEST

The Pacific Games Council says it's confident Papua New Guinea will deliver the 2015 Games in Port Moresby, despite a slow start to the preparations.

After winning the bid in 2009 to host the games, PNG has not made much progress on building the games village and other sporting facilties.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speakers: Vidya Lakan, Pacific Games Council President; Sir Henry ToRobert, President of the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee; Andrew Potter, Chairman of the Games Venues and Infrastructure

NANOL: The Games Council President, Vidya Lakan says the council was concerned that the preparations could be disrupted at this time when PNG is busy with the 2012 national elections in June.

But he says the games council is confident PNG can deliver the games as expected by 2015.

He says however, that the Council is concerned about the slow progress in preparations.

LAKAN: So that is why we have tried to impress on all the committee that whatever we need to do, contractual arrangements and the rest of it, we try and do that before the elections, so that irrespective of what happens nationally, it does not in any way impede on the work of the various sub-committees. At the rate at which we are making progress, it gives the council quite a bit of confidence that yes it can be done.

NANOL: Mr Lakan, however, has refuted claims that the games will be taken away from PNG.

LAKAN: When I came it was never, ever the intention of the games council to take the games away from Papua New Guinea. We have a contractual obligation with the PNG government to have the games in Papua New Guinea. But you'll appreciate that under the contract that we have there are minimum standards, there are requirements that we all have to deliver on.

NANOL: This comes after a series of meetings between the PNG government, the Games Organising Committee and the Pacific Games Council in Port Moresby this week.

President Vidya Lakan says PNG's Public Service Minister, Bart Philemon, who is also spearheading work to host the games has assured them of the government's commitment towards the games.

He says it's a vote of confidence to show PNG can deliver the 2015 Pacific Games.

LAKAN: I must say that I was quite impressed with the minister plus his passion for the games and his commitment. He is quite committed and he wanted to assure us or he tried to assure us that PNG will deliver and he's prepared to do whatever it takes.

NANOL: The President of the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, Sir Henry ToRobert, has welcomed the Pacific Games Council's confidence in PNG to deliver the games.

He says PNG is committed to ensure Pacific athletes enjoy a memorable games come 2015.

TOROBERT: I'm pleased to hear the President talk positively about the running of the games and that we will be in a position to hold Pacific Games. I think my colleagues from Papua New Guinea would also agree with me that this is good news for us, and we can continue now to go ahead and deliver the games.

NANOL: PNG's 2015 Pacific Games Organising Committee says most of the sporting venues and facilities will be ready in time for the games.

Chairman of the Games Venues and Infrastructure, Andrew Potter says bids for the design and construction of new facilities and renovations to existing ones will be out in about 2 months time.

He says most of the venues will need major renovations.

POTTER: About the games village that will be finished in the early part of 2015. The aquatic centre we're hoping to have that about mid-2014 so people can start using. Sir John Guise we're still working on some programs of the refurb, that's a very expensive refurb.

NANOL: Most of the games will be hosted in the PNG capital, Port Moresby with a colourful opening and closing ceremony from the 4th to 18th of July 2015.

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