BY ALEX DADAMU
DESPITE the delay of preparations for the Pacific Games 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has given assurance that preparation is right on track.
According to Prime Minister Sogavare, key essential Pacific Games personnel that arrived from China a fortnight ago are expected to be in the country for four (4) weeks to finalize all the designs, drawings, and costings of the Games facilities.
“Experts that arrived from China recently are expected to be here for four weeks to finalize all the designs, drawings, and costings of the Games facilities. Preparations have been slow as a result of the pandemic but we are still on track,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
He further revealed that as soon as development consent from the Ministry of Environment is approved, building and signing of contracts will follow, and by April 2021.
“We will be ready to hit the ground running on constructions.
“That will deliver 70 percent of all infrastructures and facilities to host the 2023 Pacific Games,” Sogavare said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also revealed that the Indonesian team for the Futsal Stadium is expected in the country by November this year and they will undergo construction work for 12 months.
“Fellow citizens, by November next year we should be having first official facilities open and people can use for practice and that is expected to cover 80 percent completion of infrastructures.
“That said, by the first quarter next year, the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports at the old Telekom Recreational area is also expected to be officially opened. This will be the first of its kind in the country, sponsored by the government,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
Sunday Isles understands that the Key essential Pacific Games personnel that arrived from China a fortnight ago are currently in quarantine and will be released soon once they satisfy all testing and quarantine protocols.