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Solomon Games is on

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This years Solomon Games has been proposed to kick off on the third week of June this year.

This is according to the results of the meetings held between the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI), the National Sports Council (NSC), the Solomon Games Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the Malaita Provincial government.

The high level sports delegation has been in Malaita for the past week assessing the technical capacity of Auki town as hosts for this year’s games.

The opening ceremony is proposed to kick off at the Aligegeo Sports ground on the 22nd of June with the closing ceremony taking place at the same venue on the 2nd of July.

President of the LOC technical department Gerald Oieka told Star Sports form Auki yesterday that so far the progress of the assessment in Auki has yielded positive results.

He says the top sporting authorities are satisfied with the progress and have already identified venues for each sporting event that will take place during the games.

Oieka said that the games running track for athletics will be staged in one of the community high schools in Fiu.

He said the technical team along with other partners will work in rehabilitating the field in time for the competition.

Most ball games such as basketball, soccer and rugby already have existing facilities which for now till the games, need rehabilitation and few technical improvements.

Oieka said his team is already organizing consultations with various community high schools around Auki for accommodation venues.

It is estimated that more than 3000 athletes will compete in the games.

Officials made sure their assessment work covered the accommodation facilities currently in Auki.

The result of the assessment that took place also over the weekend came up positive and Auki does have the capacity to cater for the high number of athletes.

According to the LOC the only area to work on is to improve existing water and sanitation facilities.

“We are all satisfied with the progress of the assessment work,” Oieka added.

“We even had assurance from the visiting Solomon Islands Football Federation Delegation (SIFF) who gave their assurance that Aligegeo venue will be ready in time for the opening ceremony.”

NOCSI and other sports officials will return tomorrow and should be able provide a full report on the assessment in Auki by the end of the week.