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Pacific Games Relay To Start

Yesterday (Tuesday) marked the 100 days before the 2015 Pacific Games Relay kicks off, as a lead up to the largest international sporting event ever to be held in Papua
17 Dec 2014 11:14
Pacific Games  Relay To Start

Yesterday (Tuesday) marked the 100 days before the 2015 Pacific Games Relay kicks off, as a lead up to the largest international sporting event ever to be held in Papua New Guinea next year.

The relay will take place in the 100 days prior to the opening ceremony and will start its journey across PNG on March 26, 2015.

The Games Relay manager Tamzin Wardley said planning is well underway with the relay route mapped out across all 22 provinces.

The team will travel from the farthest western reaches of PNG through the mainland and out to the islands. Every province will have a few days in which to showcase their people, their culture and the natural beauty of their land.

“The Games Relay is a major event in itself with over 10,000 people being involved in the actual Relay and has a target of over 250,000 people to be part of the experience. Each province is putting its own planning committee together to ensure they put on the best show possible on land, air and sea, as the Relay reaches them,” she said.

The Games Relay baton is under construction and will be launched early in the New Year.

It will become a symbol of unity as it crosses the country and will end its journey at the Pacific Games Opening Ceremony.

Games organizing committee chief executive officer Peter Stewart also gave his assurances that they are working hard to ensure that all game venues would be ready by July, 2015.

“200 days seems like a lot of time but it’s not, and I am pleased to say that we at GOC are doing everything we can to ensure everything required to deliver this Games are ready for the event,” said Stewart.

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