Monday, July 13, 2015

Pacific Games so far so very good

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has praised athletes and members of the public around the nation for embracing the XV Pacific Games.
 O'Neill said the national spirit and goodwill around the games is a wonderful feeling that will go down as a great highlight in the nation's history.
"This is a proud time to be a Papua New Guinean!" the Prime Minister said at the half-way point of the Games.
"We have thousands of visitors from around the Pacific sharing our home and together we are competing in a spirit of unity.
"I have seen many thrilling contests from athletes at the peak of their careers from all Pacific nations.
"Our visitors have praised the hospitality of Papua New Guineans and they have been made to feel so welcome.
"I thank all Papua New Guineans for demonstrating to the regional and the world the warmth of the nation."
The Prime Minister said the facilities built for the Games have proven their capacity and would serve athletes from Papua New Guinea and the region for decades into the future.
"We have world class sporting facilities now in Papua New Guinea," he said.
"Young children watching the Games with sporting dreams will one day train and compete at these stadiums, pools and courts.
"I again congratulate everyone who has worked so hard in the last few years to deliver these Games.
"Lets continue to get behind our athletes, and our competing nations, to have a great final week of the Games. "
When asked about the Opposition Leader's ongoing criticism of the management of the Games,  O'Neill said now is not the time for politics.
"People right around the nation are embracing our team, cheering our wins and supporting our athletes no matter where they finish.
"Lets enjoy the Games in the spirit it is intended and be part of this wonderful exhibition of sportsmanship and friendship.
"Please be a proud Papua New Guinean and not a complainer.
"This is a time for our nation to celebrate and to shine."

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