CHINESE contractors have assured the Vanuatu Government and Van2017 Organising Committee that all works at the main Korman Complex will be completed by the end of September, more than two months before the scheduled start date for the Mini Games.
Construction of the new buildings began in June last year by Chinese company CCECC, who are contracted by the Vanuatu Government.
The two indoor venues at the Korman site have a combined capacity of 1400 seats and will host judo, karate, weightlifting, table tennis and netball during the Mini Games in December.
The outdoor facilities will host tennis, beach volleyball, athletics, football, rugby sevens and archery.
Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai visited the Korman Complex site in Port Vila this week to check on the progress that has been made.
He expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Government for its on-going support to Vanuatu, and in particular for the Games facility.
“I am very happy to see the progress of the work, but since Vanuatu will host the Games, then Vanuatu must win more medals too,” he said.
CCECC Public Relations Officer Lillyrose Welwel presented the progress report to the Vanuatu Government, the Chinese government, and Van2017 Organising Committee, following a site visit.
The contractors said it will complete all works at the Korman Complex by the end of September, ready for the venues to be handed over to the Vanuatu Government in October.
It is expected that some temporary seats will be added at the complex to cater for the expected increase in spectators during the Games period.
Meanwhile Van2017 has signed an agreement with Pacific Catering to supply the athletes coming to the 2017 Pacific Mini Games with over 50,000 meals.
After an extensive tendering process, and following almost six weeks of negotiations, the contract was signed on July 04.
“We are delighted to have Pacific Catering on board to provide the meals to the teams,” said Clint Flood CEO for Van2017.
“Food is one of the most important things we need to ensure is done correctly, and we have a great deal of faith in Pacific Catering, and in their ability to do this large job for us. We have negotiated a service that will be equal to any 4 star hotels, and will meet the dietary needs of the athletes during the Games.”
- RNZ & Van2017