29 Mar 2007

Minister in charge of Games in Samoa confident everything will be completed by August

7:27 am on 29 March 2007

Samoa's government minister responsible for the South Pacific games authority and also chairman of the SPG games board, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has moved to reassure participating countries that all sporting facilities as well as the athlete's accommodation's in Apia will be completed well ahead of August.

Faumuina's comments follow Guam's Chef-de-Mission Ricardo Blas's concerns over the slow progress for the Games adding that would cut the the number of participating athletes from two hundred to one hundred.

However, the minister speaking on SBC TV on Tuesday night said he welcomes criticisms to help his team and the government to seek for solutions over lapse in preparations in order to improve and move forward.

The minister says ninety five percent of the sporting facilities will be completed next month with the opening of the new renovation works to the Apia park stadium next week.

The remaining five percent he says will be completed in May, two months ahead of the games in August.