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Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai has made an undertaking for Papua New Guinea to support Solomon Islands’ bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara.
Raminai said the national government’s support will be towards infrastructure development.
He told a Solomon Islands delegation that PNG will allocate as much as K10 million (approx US$2.96 million) to support construction work for the facilities in Honiara.
“We as the big brother in the Pacific will continue our bilateral relationship which is very important for both our countries,” Raminai said.
“We hosted and co-hosted three successful events, the 2015 Pacific Games, Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup and 2017 World Rugby League Cup so we have that experience to share.”
The fact finding mission by Solomon Islands Sports Minister Christopher Laore and his delegation is in Port Moresby to talk with state official and other bodies to gather information and an understanding on how local organisers managed to host a success event.
Laore described the Port Moresby Games as one of the best in the event’s history.
“We want to develop a national sports policy in our country and this visit is to see how an event like the Pacific Games was organised and managed,” Laore said.
He said Honiara wanted to learn from Port Moresby’s experience as they lay the ground work for a successful bid.
“We want to learn from you (PNG) and possible host the 2023 Pacific Games.
“We will visit Fiji and Samoa as well.”
PNG Sports Foundation executive director Peter Tsiamalili Jr commended the Solomon Islands on their development of their sports policy and their willingness to learn from their neighbours.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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