By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Seven months away from what could prove to be Papua New Guinea’s greatest sporting revolution, the progress of construction on the venues and infrastructures for the Pacific Games throughout the city has started to raise the optimism of the general public.
Port Moresby’s residents have been faithful observers of the current construction work.
Port Moresby citizen, Dulcie Muriki residing near the Taurama Indoor and Aquatic Complex, has said, “looking at the venue now, it’s exciting. It will be a good chance for Papua New Guinea to show that we can do it.”
The progress of construction since early this year has exceeded the expectations of some, and their views on the completion date of venues are now in alignment with all stakeholders.
Throughout the course of the year, senior stakeholders, with the likes of Sport Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, members of the VIEC, Games Authority Chairman, Kostas Constantinou and members of the Pacific Games Council, have given assurance, and continuously restored confidence in the people of Papua New Guinea.
“We live here, and we see the work they put in. If they continue to work night shifts, the venues will be completed on time,” said another citizen of Port Moresby, Thomas Robin.
Although the Pacific Games Council, on their final visit to Port Moresby, said that venues would not be fully complete and renovated in time, the venues will be in useable condition.
Following the 2015 Games, the venues alone should add value to the city, and improve the country’s current sporting status.