By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
For the year 2015, over K300 million was spent on the upgrading of sporting infrastructure such as he Sir John Guise Stadium, Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, Taurama Aquatic Centre, Rita Flynn Courts and the Bisini Grounds.
While the construction phase was scheduled for completion prior to the 2015 Pacific Games, Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, said earlier this week that the upgrading of facilities would benefit Papua New Guinea beyond 2015.
Tkatchenko says while the country now has some of the best sporting facilities in the region, it is now a liability to all stakeholders to maintain the facilities in the coming years.
Currently, the government is assisting in the rebuilding of the National Football Stadium, what was formerly known as the PRL Stadium in Port Moresby.
And as of February 2016, the National Football Stadium will be home to the number one sport in the country – Rugby League, and will host three 2017 Rugby League World Cup pool matches.
Once completed, the National Football Stadium will be up to standard with other stadiums in Port Moresby, if not better. With sports in the best shape and form than ever before in PNG, with infrastructural developments of this kind, the country is on the way to being the sporting hub of the Pacific.