A thumbs up has been given to the state of preparations in the Solomon Islands by the Pacific Games Council after their first visit to check on the progress of facilities for the Pacific Games 2023.
Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan, and chief executive officer Andrew Minogue went to Honiara last week.
Mr Lakhan said the venues were taking shape and after discussions with government and other stakeholders, things looked positive.
“I am very happy with the state of preparations for the 2023 Pacific Games. Despite the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Solomon Islands’ preparations to host the 2023 Pacific Games remain on track,” Mr Lakhan said.
“The venues are taking good shape and we fully expect they will be completed several months before the Games are due to commence. I call upon the people of Honiara to step up their efforts to beautify the city in preparation for welcoming the delegations of athletes and officials and all Games visitors in 2023.
“The Games Organising Committee are well staffed and have been promised the resources needed to deliver a successful Games, and the Solomon Islands PGA are preparing their athletes well for the strong competition that lies ahead.
“The PGC thanks the Solomon Islands Government and their donor partners for their continued financial support for this nation building endeavor and historic opportunity for Solomon Islands.”
The Pacific Games Council executives and Chefs de Mission from the 24-participating nations will return to Honiara in November to see further signs of progress. The trip will be made exactly one year to the start of the Pacific Games.
During their visit, the delegation held meetings with prime minister Manasseh Sogavare, chairman of the National Hosting Authority, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, and executive director Christian Nieng, the Solomon Islands Pacific Games Association Executive Board, Games Organising Committee CEO Peter Stewart, and all the GOC staff.
Visits were also made to all the games venues and Athletes’ Village sites as well as the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports.