Sport: U20 World Cup organisers say PNG on track

2:40 pm on 6 October 2016

The local organising committee for the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup is confident Papua New Guinea will be ready, five weeks out from the opening game between Sweden and North Korea.

LOC chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said a lot has been happening behind the scenes over the past two months.

"The infrastructure development led by the Government's sporting agency, National Sports Foundation has picked up with PNG Football Stadium taking shape. The stands and seats have already been put in while the two storey building to house the team's change rooms and VIP rooms is going up," he said.

"We have been advised that work on the Bava Park is in pro-gress and it will be ready for the tournament.

"Seats have already been placed at the PNG Football stadium with grass already growing. Grass at the Bava Park has been planted and the buildings are already taking shape and we're excited."

FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Seamus Marten.

FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Seamus Marten. Photo: Supplied

A delegation from FIFA headquarters in Zurich attended a week-long meeting and workshop in Port Moresby with the Local Organising Committee, stakeholders, media and representatives from the 16 competing teams.

Mr Marten said awareness of the tournament was also being carried out with the tournament mascot, Susa, participating in the Independence celebrations at the Paga Ringroad.

The mascot will be making a number of visits to schools and the communities in the lead up to the tournament.

The Sir John Guise Stadium will host the 2015 Pacific Games opening and closing ceremonies.

Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby will host the World Cup opener between Sweden and North Korea. Photo: 2015 Pacific Games