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Look after facilities: Tkatchenko

first_imgSpeaking at the official opening of the facilities to sporting codes and the public at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre (TAIC) on Saturday, Tkatchenko said the Government help make the facilities become self-sufficient.Tkatchenko said PNG was the sporting hub of the Pacific and users must look after the facilities when utilising them.He said to minimise costs, the challenge was for everyone, including the PNG Sports Foundation and the venue management, to maintain and look after the facilities.“The facilities were built for the public to utilise and for the sports to enhance their capabilities — the onus is on everyone to look after the facilities.“They were built by the Government nurture potential champions,” he said.Tkatchenko said the Government did not want to repeat the 1991 Pacific Games experience — where Games facilities fell into disuse and disrepair.Pamphlets containing information on the use and hire of venues were handed out during the ceremony.The facilities opened at the TAIC include the gym and the pool.Other facilities opened were the Sir John Guise indoor and outdoor stadiums, the Rita Flynn Court and the Bisini Sports Precinct.Tkatchenko congratulated everyone for their hard work and cooperation pre-Games and post-Games.Pacific Games chairman Kostas Constantinou said the real challenge for everyone was to leave a lasting legacy.“We need to respect these facilities so they can be here for a long time,” he said.Meanwhile, Tkatchenko announced at the weekend that he would look into developing sporting infrastructure in the provincesThe minister admitted that at the moment, everything was concentrated in Port Moresby “Kalabond is one of the good stadiums in the islands, with a couple in the highlands,” Tkatchenko said.He said more had to be done for provinces to uncover potential talent so that they got the opportunity to compete.“We have a blueprint, with architectural designs and drawings, and we are already doing a 5000-seat stadium, which costs about K4.5 million,” Tkatchenko said.“These stadiums can be put up in six months and serve their intended purpose in the provinces.”last_img

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