Today, marks the 100 day countdown till the start of the Under 20 Women’s World Cup, and to mark the occasion Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, officially began the clock ticking for the event.
In a small ceremony outside the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, the official countdown began, for the biggest sporting event to hit Papua New Guinea’s shores.
To commence the 100 days countdown the Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko; PNG Sports Foundation Executive Director, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr; Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Seamus Marten; PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Senior Vice President, Linda Wonuhali and PNGFA General Secretary, Dimirit Mileng were present to witness the digital countdown to 4pm, which is the kick-off time for the first match of the U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be played at the Sir John Guise Stadium on November 13.
Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Seamus Marten, said the countdown clock will be visible to residents of Port Moresby who will play host to this world sporting event.
Saying that a goal for the LOC was to fill up the stadiums come November.
The countdown clock will act as an exciting reminder for the residents of Port Moresby of how long until the kick-off, as well as help build up the hype for the event. Marten said with 100 days to go, the Local Organising Committee is working very hard to ensure that the stadiums are filled with spectators and fans come November.
Preparations have picked up speed within the Local Organising Committee, with each functional area ensuring that they have everything in place come November.
The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup is the biggest sporting event of this stature that will be held and broadcasted from Papua New Guinea to the world. And it’s a unique opportunity for Papua New Guinea as the host country to show the world it is capable of hosting big events.