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Lakhan Happy With Progress

Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan was impressed with the progress Vanuatu has made towards hosting the 2017 Pacific Mini Games. Lakhan and PGC chief executive officer Andrew Minogue visited
14 Oct 2016 11:05
Lakhan Happy With Progress
Vidya Lakhan

Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan was impressed with the progress Vanuatu has made towards hosting the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Lakhan and PGC chief executive officer Andrew Minogue visited Port Vila and met with the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games Authority and Games Organising Committee.

Lakhan said Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Charlot Salwai reaffirmed Government’s commitment to hosting the 2017 Games.

“Since May, it was evident good progress has been made, the government passed a supplementary budget in June, which provides for the operational expenses of the Games.

“Work at the Korman Stadium site continues to show progress and the PGC has been assured that the venue will be completed by October 2017 two months prior to the Games,” Lakhan said.

The Chinese government is supporting the construction at Korman Stadium.

The significant challenge however is despite appropriation of the Vanuatu Games 2017 budget by Parliament in June, funds have not been transferred to the Games Organising Committee on a regular and timely basis..

“I urge the Minister for Youth Development and Sport Norris Kalmet to capitalise on the success of these meetings and ensure through the council of ministers that the appropriated budget for the 2017 games is made available with absolute urgency.

“Otherwise the ability for Vanuatu to successfully organise the 2017 Pacific Mini Games will continue to be placed at significant risk,” Lakhan added.

 

Fiji

Wayne O’Connor has been appointed to be Team Fiji’s chef de mission to the 2017 Vanuatu Mini Games.

O’Connor will be assisted by Pauline Stephen-Morris as confirmed by Fiji Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) chief executive officer Lorraine Mar.

 

Tonga games still on

Lakhan confirmed Tonga as the host of the 2019 Pacific Games.

He was responding to Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva saying the kingdom’s ability to fully fund the 2019 Games.

“We have spoken with Asia Pacific Golf and we had obtained their agreement to host a nine-hole event,” Lakhan said.

“I don’t know why the Tonga PM is looking to build a 18-hole golf course.

“It is in our interest to keep the costs down so we are not asking for a 18-hole course,” Lakhan said.

Lakhan reiterated the Pacific Games Council will continue to work with the Tongan government to ensure that the games venue requirements are affordable and to ensure that the budget of the organising committee remains modest.”

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