K60 million spent to prepare for FIFA U20 games

Roughly K60 million has been spent in preparing for the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup.

This was revealed by Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, during a media briefing today.

Tkatchenko said half of the component came from remaining funds from the XV Pacific Games while the National Government put up the remaining balance.

 “The savings from the Pacific Games helped fund a lot of the infrastructure development.”

He further said “we also had a budget of close to over K30 million so that we get the facilities ready on time.”

 The funding covered the development of mini stadiums and the Bava sporting precinct which includes rugby union, soccer and touch footy fields, as well as the Sir John Guise Stadium.

 The mini stadiums have a seating capacity of 5,000 people.

Tkatchenko said a further K30 million ($US 10 million) will be funded by FIFA to cover logistical and administrative costs of the tournament.

Cedric Patjole