27 Jul 2011

Sport: Pacific Games preparations on schedule a month out

11:41 am on 27 July 2011

Organisers of the Pacific Games in New Caledonia say preparations are on track exactly one month out from the competitions opening ceremony.

Three and a half thousand athletes, 1500 officials and about 150 thousand visitors are expected to descend on New Caledonia from the end of August for the 14th edition of the Games.

Gaelle Darmon from the Games Organising Committee says the biggest challenge still remaining is managing the logistics of the event across the ten host cities.

She says the buzz around New Caledonia is building with locals looking forward to hosting the 22 competing nations.

"They're all very excited about it. The torch relay is a great success in all the villages and cities on its route. The torch travelled through New Caledonia for 42 days up to the opening ceremony. It's a great great fiesta."