It is the biggest regional event in Oceania and Papua New Guinea has the task of delivering a Games that will be an improvement on the last one and something that the people of this country can be proud of.
A large sum of money will be spent on the event and in the final analysis, one would think that an event of this magnitude is delivered in the most professional manner with every contingency covered and with an eye to impress and satisfy the visitors, competing nations, international media and the the people of PNG themselves.
That is a tall order and only time will tell if the Games Organising Committee, the Venues Infrastructure and Equipment Committee, the Pacific Games Authority and the Government are able to keep their promise of delivering the best-ever Games.
At this point, one would hope the goal is to finish the race in a reasonable position.
The progress on venues and the athletes’ accomodation is supposedly on schedule and the Sports Ministry has assured everyone — including Parliament — that all is as it should be and we should be at ease.
Everyone wants the Games to be a success but how much of that hope is realised depends on whether the venues are ready and in a reasonable level of completion that will allow competitions to be run.
At this stage, people cannot be blamed for feeling uneasy.
There is no doubt that the organisers and builders are doing everything humanly possible to meet the fast approaching deadline. That is all they can do at this point.
Perhaps what is needed now is an optimistic outlook that despite the shrinking hour glass and the building pressure, this event will go ahead as planned.
We can only hope.
It is now up to the people tasked to deliver to do just that. The National