16 Apr 2014

Sport: Pacific Games venues in race to finish

10:51 am on 16 April 2014

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby say construction is happening around the clock in an effort to complete venues and accommodation in time for the main event.

The Games Minister Justin Tkatchenko pledged at the end of last year that all venues and facilities for the 2015 Games would be delivered on schedule.

PNG were awarded the hosting rights in 2009 but delays early in the process saw construction and planning fall close to two years behind schedule.

The Chair of the Organising Committee, Emma Waiwai, says officials have named 2014 as the year of action.

"What most of the contractors are doing now is they're now working three shifts, which means 24 hours a day to get things going. The government is actually confident and we are confident that a couple of the stadiums will be ready for us. Those that are not ready we already have contingency plans in place to be able to facilitate for all 28 sports come fourth of July. In the general assembly in July, that will be hosted here in PNG, we want to be able to tell every country that comes what we have in place."

The PNG Government has committed 1.2 billion kina towards the hosting of the Games, including shortfalls and extras, and Emma Waiwai says they don't anticipate requiring further funding.