By Taromane Martin
THAT is the message echoed by Chief Executive Officer for the 2018 Renbel Solomon Games Mr Golden Kiloko yesterday.
Mr Kiloko along with a delegation from the National Olympic of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) and the Ministry of Home Affairs was in the province last weekend to assess preparations on the grounds for the games.
The CEO in a statement yesterday said he is confident Rennell and Bellona Province is ready to host the games next month despite so many doubts and negative perspective regarding groundwork.
“We are ready to host the games. Initially there were so many doubts and negative perspective over the past months regarding Renbel hosting the game especially on its ground preparation, but I can confidently said that Renbel is ready to host the game,” Kiloko said.
“We have had the opportunity to carrying out inspection and final assessment on the ground work preparation of sports facilities and game support services in Rennell this week especially on accommodation, catering, transportation, water, sanitation, ceremonies logistics etc along with the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and President of NOCSI, and from the assessment.
“I can say that 95% of work on both the sports facilities and support services are done, Just need final touches on some of the facilities and our LOC is working around the clock to complete them within the next two weeks ahead of the game dates 26th November to 7th December, 2018.
“We have also arranged and engaged communities in Rennell to be responsible and cater for the games supports services as we want them to get advantage and take ownership and be part of the game, especially pride of bringing the game to our homeland.
“During the assessment, and considering the short time period, our LOC had decided to reduce the initial number of sports from 17 to 10 with an estimated number of 1,900 athletes and officials, and this will assist us to host a more efficient and manageable game.
“The individual sports selected were based on avail of its sports facilities at the host province; athletics, basketball, football, netball, rugby 7s, touch rugby, futsal, swimming, table tennis and beach volley and indoor volley,”
“All in all, I would say that RENBEL is ready to host the game in style comes November and we are looking forward to welcome our athletes and officials to our beautiful shores,” he said.
Kiloko on behalf of their taskforce thanked the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Home affairs and President of NOCSI who did their final assessment on the ground work preparation of the game as part of the process of hosting the game.
Meanwhile sports facilities that are ready and confirmed by the CEO for the 7th Solomon Games in Renbel are:
Two soccer field (Lavaghu & Kagua), two basketball courts (Lavaghu & Tahanuku), netball court (Tupuaki), volley court (Lavaghu & Tupuaki), beach Volley (Lavaghu), Futsal court (Tahanuku), rugby 7s field (Ngongona), touch rugby (Ngongona) table tennis (Tupuaki) and swimming (Lake).