World Cup on target: Tkatchenko


SPORTS Minister Justin Tkatchenko says the Government is committed to the Fifa Women’s Under-20 World Cup and “there is no way we will not be games-ready.”
Tkatchenko gave the assurance when countering reports, possibly including The National’s back page story on Wednesday, which cast doubt on whether two of the venues would be ready for the world event.
He instead urged all media to practice maturity when reporting, especially on preparations for the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
“National Government committed to this World Sporting event and there is no way we will not be Games ready. Tkatchenko said.
“There are dedicated Papua New Guineans out at the venues doing their bit every day and night to ensure that the world does come to our shores in November for Women’s World Cup,” the minister said.
“The least any opinionated individual can do is support the efforts of his countrymen and women out at the venues.
Tkatchenko is confident that progress to date has been remarkable at the venues.
“The National Football Stadium and Sir John Guise main stadium are in perfect condition and the two new mini-stadiums at Bisini and Sir John Guise are well on target.
“Our biggest concern earlier, with regard to the grass and playing surface at the new mini-stadiums have been put to rest.
“Considering the very articulate specifications of Fifa for venues and facilities, our team has done well to have reached this stage.
“We will be games-ready,” he said.

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