The facilities were classed as world class and there was a rush to finish them. There were security concerns which the Papua New Guinea Government quashed by having the police and military on the streets.
In Fiji, sporting bodies were getting their best together.
According to FASANOC president Joe Rodan, the Pacific Games was almost equivalent to the Olympic Games for some sports and for some island nations as well.
This was to be my first trip to Papua New Guinea, the "Land of the Unexpected" and believe me I was a bit anxious.