PNG ready to bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games

Friday, July 24, 2015

PORT MORESBY, 24 JULY 2016 ( POST COURIER) -----Papua New Guinea is ready to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games because of the international accredited sporting facilities that the Government has built, Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko said.

And he said that he concurred with Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio’s statement during the closing of the Pacific Games last Saturday that PNG was ready. "I think the words of Sir Michael Ogio rightfully sum up what many of us were thinking at the end of the Pacific Games," Tkatchenko said.

"The question has been raised. Can we host a Commonwealth Games? I believe so, I believe we can," he said. 

"We now have the core infrastructure in place to host the Commonwealth countries here for its Games if given the opportunity.

"After we have hosted the FIFA Under 20s Women’s World Cup, the APEC Leaders Summit and other major events – we will be ready," he said .

"We now have four years to plan our bid to host the Commonwealth Games and as a nation, we will again stand up to the task," he said.

He said the Olympic Games committee and the Commonwealth Games committee also said that the Taurama Aquatic Centre and the Sir John Guise Stadiums were Commonwealth and Olympic standards....PACNEWS