New LOC established to oversee running of the problem-plagued 2018 Solomon Games
BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE dark clouds hovering over the most-anticipated 2018 Solomon Games in Rennell and Bellona Province this year may soon be out of sight.
This follows the establishment of a new Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Games last week.
The newly-appointed LOC will be racing against time in the coming months to try and get things organised in order to see it through success in due course.
Renbel Provincial Assembly member Bernard Taungaika was appointed as the Chairperson and will be assisted by experienced sports administrator Nick Hatigeva as Vice-Chair.
Willy Tuha is the new treasurer while Golden Kiloko will take up the role of the General Secretary or the Games Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
A total of 10 members were added onto the LOC where they will be heading various areas pertaining to the games’ hosting.
They are Hon. John Teno, Jefter Tuhagenga, Hilder Tango, Aron Nasiu, Stewart Baiabe, Onyx Teno, Vaelyn Maitaki, Stewart Seuika, Lungu Kiloko (Renbel Provincial Sport’s Coordinator) and Willy Kaunga (Renbel Provincial Deputy Secretary).
The new LOC was appointed to carry on ahead with the vital task left behind due to other hindrances which led the event to naturally soak up declining hopes of whether Renbel will deliver the country’s biggest sporting event on their home soil or not.
Months ago, responsible authorities were eager to see the games get underway with success this year but are not satisfied with how preparations were previously done in Renbel.
They even planned to shift the games from Renbel back to Honiara.
The new LOC had already proposed a date and other realistic details for the Solomon Games, however, they are pending an official announcement which is expected to be issued for public knowledge within the coming days.
The other details also include how many sports the games will feature.
Meanwhile, Central Province successfully hosted the previous edition of the Solomon Games in 2013.