There has been some great progress in the 2015 Pacific Games preparation so far and the Games Organising Committee (GOC) is intent on making it the best ever.
Chairperson of the Games Organising Committee Emma Waiwai (pictured) said the 2015 Pacific Games is an event of national significance to hosts Papua New Guinea.
It was 24 years since PNG last hosted the similar games at that time known as the South Pacific Games in 1991.
There will be 22 countries participating in 28 sports which will involve more than 3,000 athletes and officials.
She said the GOC has been working with government agencies, stakeholders and sponsors to ensure they meet their objectives, a challenge that the people of PNG who are the major stakeholders to the 2015 Pacific Games must also embrace.
Waiwai said as GOC approached the new year, 2014, they now looked back on how much it has achieved since the establishment under its core business, to deliver the best Games ever in the Pacific region.
She said 2014 will be the “Call To Action” year.
It is a very important year for the GOC as it swings into action mode to ensure all preparations are well in place before July 2015.
In 2014, there will variety of events that will require PNG to get involved which includes;
- Launch of the Games Mascot on 19th February to coincide with 500 days to go.
- All sports meeting at the end of February where all the sport technical delegates will be visiting Port Moresby to view progress of the venues and to assist with planning for their individual sports.
- Pacific Games Council General Assembly to be held in Port Moresby in July.
- Launch of the Volunteer programme in September.
- Appointment of the Merchandise, Ceremonies, Games Relay and Live Sites contractors.
- Recruitment of an additional 20 staff to the Games Organising Committee.
- Ongoing construction of all the venues.
“GOC need you to come and join the enthusiastic team and make your mark.
“Your contribution to the games is an investment in the country, and it will leave a lasting impression for years to come.”