Pacific Games

Testing for Taurama Aquatic Centre set for Sunday

Sports involved in the testing event are swimming, volleyball, basketball, karate and taekwondo.

The public will also get a chance to get a sneak peek of the new infrastructure which opens from 9am to 4pm for the test event which will be free to the public.

A statement by the Games Organising Committee said the public will help test the ticketing and security systems, park and ride and spectator services.

GOC will exercise ticketing and security check systems at the gates to control the number of spectators entering.

Water chief promises no cuts during Games

Eda Ranu chief executive officer Henry Mokono says all venues of the Pacific Games are connected to the main water supply.

With 15 – 20 thousand people expected to arrive in the country the demand for water will also be high.

“We are ready and we are working closely with the Games infrastructure committee to ensure water will not be interrupted unnecessarily,” Mokono guaranteed.

He says City residents will not be affected during the games as they have six water reservoirs to supply water throughout the city.

Games bosses to report on fake tickets report

Eyewitness accounts state many people were not allowed in through the gates because their tickets were not genuine as they had been bought off the streets.

The Games Organising Committee (GOC) said a response would be made later today over these reports.

The PNG National Rugby Rugby Football also commented, saying they were not aware of the reports of fake tickets being sold.

"Tickets were sold only at Stop N Shop outlets and nowhere else. People should not have been buying off the streets.

Australia keen to be a permanent fixture at the Pacific Games

Along with New Zealand, Australia accepted an invitation to enter teams in taekwondo, weightlifting, sailing and rugby sevens in this year's event in Port Moresby.

A proposal to include the Trans-Tasman rivals in all 28 sports was voted down by members of the Pacific Games Council two years ago.

The 2015 Games in PNG are viewed as the first step towards a full regional championship, akin to the Asian and European Games.

Australia Chef de Mission Malcolm Page can see the logic.

Wisil excited to return to PNG for Games

Wisil has been undergoing a rigorous training schedule, focusing on her base conditioning work in Gold Coast, Australia for several months now. She will return to PNG next month.

Toea has her eyes set on multiple gold medals at the Pacific Games as well as new national records in the 100metre and 200metre events.  She will also contest the 4x100metre and the 4x400metre relays.

Wisil said her training is going well but getting tougher as she is doing more endurance workouts now.