Chefs de Mission Gather Ahead of Van2017 PMG

THE Van2017 Pacific Mini Games are coming and will be delivered on time by December 4, the Pacific Games Committee (PGC) said.

Speaking during a press conference of the heads of delegates meeting at the Pacific Games host hotel, Holiday Inn, Mr Vidhya Lakhan, President of the PGC said this is a very important milestone for all the 13 delegate countries in attendance today.

“We must try and give them all the information that they need for the Games,” he said.

“I am very concerned because I’ve worked for four-five years in hosting Pacific Games but this one is just a short piece of time.

“We have to make sure all things are ready and make sure all our delegates are looked after, fed well and provided with what they need.”

Mr Laklan thanked the government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) for their level of support for the past six months.

“We are not organising this Games for ourselves, but for the people of Vanuatu,” he said.

“We are moving very quickly to make everything ready for December 4, so come on board and support us.

“Funding is critical – if the Games fails then Vanuatu fails as well.”

Clint Flood, Chief Executive Officer for Van2017, said there are a million things to do yet but they are well prepared and confident for the games to start.

“There is a big change so far with the support of transport and medical,” he said.

“The Korman stadium has another advantage beyond sport, it can be used for hosting cultural events.

“With this we hope the rest of the country is confident that these Games are right.”

Mr Flood said the organisers are working closely with the police as well about the potential traffic situations.

“As we know the government is going to shut schools during that time of the Games, so it’s good,” he said.

“We know the roads are always busy at times but hopefully by October this will be finished.”

Meanwhile George Maeltoka, Acting Director General for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, thanked the Chinese embassy for its support in building the international standard stadium and also the Lands, Health and Police departments for their support as well.

“I encourage all other government departments and church leaders to join and be part of the team because together we can show that Vanuatu is a place of happiness and we can do it,” he said.

“After the Games, the Ministry has other plans for upcoming events in 2018; if the Pacific athletes come during the games and show great performances, we can host the Melanesian Games.

“We might never know, but Korman stadium may become one of the best institutions in the Pacific.”

Henry Tavoa, the CEO for VASANOC, said the athletes who are training in China are doing very well and showing some positive signs because they are using all the available resources there.

“We are quite confident the Vanuatu team will do well because we are the host,” he said.

Finally Andrew Minogue, CEO for the PGC working with Clint Flood, said Vanuatu is ready.

“There are challenges but we must keep a close eye to the organising committee for the next three months.

“We must not drop the ball at the last stage,” he said.


Source: The Vanuatu Independent


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