O’Neill brushes aside Games negativity

first_imgDuring the official opening of the Sir John Guise Outdoor and Indoor Stadiums today, O’Neill stated that he is determined to deliver the best Games against all the negativity from critics.He said the outdoor stadium was built before 1991 to host the South Pacific Games but over 25 years, it had decayed and as a result, he needed to spend some money to rehabilitate the facility.“When we came into Government in 2011 we were three years behind already and as a result many of our critics told us to cancel hosting the Games.“If we had cancelled we would have been the only country in the Pacific to have done so and that would create an embarrassment for PNG as a regional leader,” he said.K1.2 billion from the government has been spent on all infrastructures and 64 million kina in cash and kind has been given to the Games Organising Committee (GOC) from the private and public sector.“Sadly there were negative people who wanted to continually undermine the good work of our Games organisers, who made outlandish claims and tried to sour the national sentiment – but they are being proven wrong.“Congratulations to the Minister for Sports and National Events and to our games organisers for your tireless efforts. Thank you for your dedication to your jobs and to our country.“Of course now is not the time to take a break but to keep working hard and doing your best.“The finish line is in sight and we thank you for your efforts in delivering what I know will be the best Pacific Games ever.” “This is just the beginning and we’ll judge our performance and where our athletes will do us proud after the Games,” he added.In addition, the PNG police, soldiers and correctional officers will provide security during the Games.last_img