by Delly Bagu – EMTV Port Moresby
The Minister for Sport and 2015 Pacific Games, Justin Tkatchenko, visited several of the Games venues today.
With 74 days to go before the Games, the Minister was out and about to see the progress at the Caritas Sport Complex, the new Rita Flynn Complex and the Taurama Aquatic Centre.
The Pacific Games Minister was at the Caritas Technical Secondary School today. He was taken on a tour of the Indoor Complex by head of the school Sister Florentina Chow.
The Caritas School Indoor Complex will host the Table Tennis, Body Building and Boxing events during the Pacific Games.
Mr Tkatchenko was impressed with how the facility has turned out. The Complex is a project of the school with funding support from Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.
The Minister then visited the work-in-progress at the New Rita Flynn Complex. This project has had its issues, being the last Pacific Games Project awarded.
Although alternative arrangements have been made to host the Netball games, Mr Tkatchenko said contractor CJIC with support from the Pacific Games Authority and the government, is doing its best to have this venue ready by July.
He said the roof of the New Rita Flynn Complex is currently crucial, as it will determine the placement of the flooring. Mr Tkatchenko assured that works outside the complex will be completed by June, including the outdoor courts.
The Minister also paid a visit to the Taurama Aquatic Center. Seating and view from the complex to the pool is all set, with details like seat installation and paint job to be done.
The 50m long swimming pool is now awaiting lining before filling. Overall the minister is happy with the progress of these venues.