AN elated Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the new Pacific Games Sporting facilities belongs to the youths of the country and the sporting federations.
The Prime Minister said the facilities comprise a strategic investment that will unify Solomon Islands as a nation.
“To all our sports people in the country, to all our youths, and to all the sports federations, these facilities belong to you – to use and enjoy, to build and harness your skills, to develop your talents in-order to be the best sports people you can be,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the facilities will focus our energy as a nation to provide sustainable venues to be used for grass root sports, high performance sports, and community events for the next several decades.
The Prime Minister said sports is the glue that binds the people and our nation together.
“Investing in sporting facilities to lift the spirits, the confidence, and the performance of our sports people to excel will do our nation proud,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the facilities are the beginning of the new chapter in our country’s sporting history – a history that we can all be proud to have been a part of.
“A history that defines the future of sports in our country, and importantly, a history that defines who we are as a people, and as a country,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the 2023 Pacific Games is not just ‘weeks of sporting extravaganza’.
He said it is the investment that catalyses development and unifies our nation.
“Our success at the games will not only be measured by the great facilities we prepared, or the best hosting arrangements we may accomplish,” he said.