Rush to World Cup

Caption : The construction of the two mini stadiums are going well, pictured here is current status of the stadiums.

IT’S a rush to get over the line. From today, there are only 22 days to the end of this month left to complete all venues, before testing, for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

And the PNG Sports Foundation is adamant that the target will be met.

With less than 37 days to before the first match kicks off, work on the two mini stadiums at Bava Park along Bisini Parade, and the PNG Football Stadium next to the Sir John Guise stadium are going full steam ahead.

PNGSF Executive Director Peter Tsiamalili Jr made this very clear during a tour of training and match venues currently under construction for the FIFA tournament.

The tour was with members of the Infrastructure Project Steering Committee (IPSC) as part of its weekly meet, and which Tsiamalili chairs.

The IPSC comprises of key technical officials from the Department of Treasury, Department of Finance, Department of National Planning, Central Supply Tenders Board (CSTB), PNG Power, Eda Ranu, PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF), PNGSF Contractors and the FIFA Local Organising Committee.

This weekly meet is to ensure that the required support committed by the respective government agencies and contractors in areas of construction and refurbishment of the stadiums as well as upgrading of fields at all training venues are implemented.

“The Departments of Finance, Treasury and Planning have been tremendous in their hands-on support for this world event so far,” Tsiamalili said.

“At this stage, the need for the full drawdown of funds from the National Government is crucial. This will ensure that we meet our deadline in 30 days and get our games over the line.”

He thanked the National Government for its commitment and ongoing support.

Tsiamalili also extended his appreciation to the IPSC for its commitment and dedication.

“The collective effort by the key technical officials from the National Government, SOEs and contractors has continuously given great assurance that PNG is ready to host the FIFA U20 Women/’s World Cup 2016,” he said.

Teams arrive in the first week of November.

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