Sports call out for help

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The National, Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

 By HENRY MORABANG

THE Pacific Games 2015 in Port Moresby is in jeopardy of not fulfilling its promise to the Pacific Games Governing Council  as government bureaucracy continue to hamper quick access to funds and building of infrastructure.

It was revealed at a briefing on Saturday to all stakeholders by the Pacific Games Authority at Gateway Hotel that PNG had already failed on many of its promises to the Games Council when it placed its bid to host the games.

Deputy chairperson of Venues Infrastructure and Equipment Committee (VIEC), Mel Donald (pictured) was making that statement when updating the stakeholders on the Games. 

She said Port Moresby was already seven months behind its planning for the Games, and needed Government intervention.

The PNG Pacific Games Authority (PGA) will be seeking an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for the Government to step in and ensure funding for infrastructure development was released and that the process for contracting out infrastructure development was made easier as this was the major impediment for the construction of facilities to begin.

The National Executive Council (NEC) has already approved changes which will see funding below K1million approved by the PGA.

The meeting was told that many plans had been re-adjusted because of delays the government processes involved getting approvals and permits.

Participants at the workshop expressed frustration in accessing funds for sports development in preparing athletes for the 2015 Games.