PNG PREPARATIONS FOR 2015 PACIFIC GAMES CRITICIZED

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$87 million budgeted for games, no information about progress

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 24, 2012) – A Papua New Guinea sports administrator says he is concerned at the lack of progress that's been made in preparing for the 2015 Pacific Games to be held in PNG.

PNG won the bid three years ago, with a budget of US$87 million (180 million kina) allocated for the Pacific Games.

Kila Dick, from the PNG Volleyball Association, says he has so far heard nothing from the organizing committee about its plans for the event.

[PIR editor’s note: Dick has been critical of the lack of progress and made public statements to PNG news outlets about his disappointment. "Funding has been made available," he says, "but putting together the management committee and trying to facilitate the preparations of the games - that is yet to come."]

He has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat he would like to see those involved with the Pacific Games in 1991, which was also held in PNG, involved with the 2015 event.

"I believe that if we are to make the pacific games successful I feel that we should be able to look at all these experts to come back in our program, process and the procedures as well as the procedures of the 2015 Pacific Games," he said.

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