K78m needed to host games

BY SABRINA GALATAU

A budget of K78million is needed for the postponed 8th PNG Games scheduled to take place in the Southern Highlands next year.

PNG 8th Games Organizing Committee Chairman Sape Molumi said the main source of funding in 2019 came from the provincial and national governments.

“Due to the uncertainties associated with COVID-19, the companies did not come to help the sponsors especially, but the main sources of funding were from the provincial and national governments.

“So far I think K 25million has been released since 2019 by the national government and around K 12million by the provincial government.

We need around K78 million according to our budget, with next year’s budget and other government support; I think we should agree, ”Molumi said at a press conference yesterday at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex in Port Moresby.

“We have the President-led projects committee with our treasury and finance managers, we still get reports every month,” Molumi said.

Meanwhile, from previous interviews with him (Molumi), he gave insight into the cost of the respective sports facilities under construction.

Project costs include;

– New sports facilities, a main stadium with a synthetic track and a capacity of 6,000 seats worth K37 million.
– Tent rugby pitch upgrade including fence and parking worth KK 8 million.
– The Kagua Mini football stadium with a capacity of 3000 seats worth KK 7 million.
– Nipa Basketball worth K2million.
– Other land including sports equipment worth K15million.

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