Indonesia agrees to fund futsal stadium

President Joko Widodo holds bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela at Hotel Hilton, Port Moresby.

INDONESIA has agreed to support the development of a national futsal stadium and sports academy stadium for Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela presented the proposal to the Indonesian President, H.E. Joko Widodo when the two leaders met this week in Port Moresby on the margins of the APEC.

President Widodo in response has agreed that Indonesia will assist Solomon Islands in its endeavour to host the Pacific 2023 games, drawing from Indonesia’s recent experience of having hosted a successful ‘Asian Games’.

President Widodo further agreed to support these two important projects with details to be further discussed between officials of both governments.

“Solomon Islands is currently the Oceania Futsal champions and has also been representing Oceania internationally including at the Futsal World Cup over the past few years. This is a sport loved and played by our young people and a project to develop a futsal stadium in the country has been on the card for some time,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Indonesia’s support to these two important sport projects would greatly assist in the people to people relations and sports development in the country.

The Prime Minister told the Indonesian President that Solomon Islands will be hosting the Pacific Games for the first time.

Prime Minister Houenipwela further stated that the 2023 Pacific Games would run under the theme ‘the Green Games’ – emphasising the importance of a sustainable and environmental-friendly Games.

“We acknowledge Indonesia’s recent experience in hosting the Asian Games will further enhance the level of technical and financial benefits Solomon Islands will receive through this assistance,” he said.

President Widodo in response said Indonesia stands ready to support the Solomon Islands.

“Yes, we will support the Solomon Islands with your preparations towards the 2023 Pacific Games,” he said.

These two projects are vital components of Solomon Islands’ preparation to host the Pacific Games in 2023.

The Futsal Stadium will be a dream come true for young Solomon Islanders after years of waiting.

The National Sports Academy Stadium is expected to be the central hub for sports men and women and sports administrators to train.

Both leaders have committed their respective officials to begin dialogue on the details of Indonesia’s support to the Pacific 2023 Green Games with particular emphasis on these important projects as soon as possible.

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