NATIONAL telecommunications company, Telikom (PNG) Limited jumped on board the PNG Games Host Organising Committee’s bandwagon and race against time, securing K100,000 in cash and kind last Friday.
HOC chairman Jack Pidik thanked Telikom (PNG) Ltd on behalf of the committee for the great relief.
“Surprise! Surprise!” Pidik said at thepresentation.
“It is a blessing, Teli-kom. Thank you very much.
“There is a fence around the softball grounds at the Bisini Diamonds. Start painting tomorrow Telikom, please,” he said.
“The support comes at a very important time leading up to the openingof the games on Thursday and the sponsorship is a timely blessing for the committee,” he added.
Telikom chief executive officer Peter Loko said he was glad to make the contribution.
“We are honoured to be a part of this national event. It is a chance for our sportsmen and women, as well as in our capacity to run an event of such calibre,” he said.
Loko urged all teams travelling in to play in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
“I strongly call on all athletes to participate in the true spirit of the games, and accept decisions. Violence should not be a part of sports,” Loko said.
“Take advantage of the opportunities you get and it will take you places.
“This is your step closer to another opportunity.”
With seven teams already here and the rest pouring in this week, the HOC is racing against time to get all avenues ready before the games begin next week.
Having taken on the task only eight months ago, it has not been all smooth sailing.
About K1.5 million has been raised from support contributions, with accommodation sure to take the better part of the amount.
Pidik said the accommodation facility up-grading at varioius schools in the National Capital District was good investment.
“These venues and schools will be improved through this. Apart from the outstanding issues, we are all geared up to make our games, big,” he said.
Also present to witness the event were the committee members Mary Karo and Fabian Chow.