by Dion Kombeng – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
An official confirmation revealed today that at the conclusion of the Pacific Games, the major venues will be handed over to the PNG Sports Foundation Legacy.
The announcement was made by Sports Foundation Chairman, Graham Osborne, at the opening of the Bisini Sports Ground.
“It is now under the stewardship of the Games Organising Committee, after the Games these facilities will revert to the Sports Foundation.”
It’s not uncommon in many countries that venues built for major sporting events can gather dust when the curtain comes down at the end of competition.
But this won’t be the case in Papua New Guinea.
Also present at the official opening was Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko.
“I want to rest assure you that under the PNG Sports Foundation and management, we already have the green keepers employed, professionals being trained by the best to keep these fields maintained for the public usage of sports all the time.
“This is not just about the Pacific Games, this is about lasting legacy for continual use into the future,” said Tkatchenko.
At the conclusion of the Pacific Games, Sir John Guise Stadium, Taurama Aquatic Centre, and the newly opened Bisini Sports Grounds will be administered by the PNG Sports Foundation.