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Competition Set For POM’s Fairfax Harbour

Port Moresby: The Games Organising Committee (GOC) stands by its decision to hold the sailing competition at the Port Moresby’s Fairfax Harbour because the water quality is not an issue.
06 May 2015 09:21
Competition Set For POM’s Fairfax Harbour
Freddy Miller from Fiji during the Oceania Sailing Championship at the National Sailing Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva. Photo: Jona Konataci

Port Moresby: The Games Organising Committee (GOC) stands by its decision to hold the sailing competition at the Port Moresby’s Fairfax Harbour because the water quality is not an issue.

GOC advised that safety for athletes is paramount and therefore testing for all water sports have been conducted to ensure the waters are safe.

The water levels are tested on a regular basis at Fairfax Habour.

Tests will be carried out up to and during the Games period.

GOC is working closely with Eda Ranu, NCDC and PNG Ports to ensure the quality of the water in which Games Athletes compete.

The test results are sent to the Technical Delegates for all water sports.

The interim president of PNG Yacht & Boat Association (PNGYBA), Rhys Thomson, has said PNGYBA have been engaged by GOC to assist with the delivery of the sailing competition during the Games and will work closely with the committee to ensure that the sport is delivered successfully.

He added that reports in the papers attributed to PNGYBA regarding Fairfax Harbour and other related matters have not been sanctioned by PNGYBA.

He said the Fairfax Harbour and the adjacent Walter Bay have a large body of water that hasrplayed host to numerous local and international sailing events throughout history and regular racing and training occur in its waters on a weekly basis.

The size and geography of the location provides numerous options to contend with wind and associated seas and can deliver swift adjustments as required in any one day by movement into and out of shelter as may be required through shifts in weather, Mr Thomson added.

He also said the Team PNG Sailing squad is continuing regular training within the Fairfax Harbour (Walter Bay) environment at this point in time.

ISAF vice president Adrienne Greenwood has written to GOC expressing ISAF’s support to move the sailing venue to Fairfax Harbour and asked that everyone accept the decision in the interests of the competitors.

GOC is guided regarding the venue selection and approval of such by the technical representative of the International Federation (ISAF) who makes decision for the Pacific Games competition venues.

The ISAF, through its technical delegate, deemed that the original proposed location of Gabutu did not meet the requirements for international competition.

 

 

 

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