The Games Organizing Committee (GOC), the National Hosting Authority (NHA) and the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) last month (October), signed a Venue Use Agreement that would allow for the use of SINU facilities before and during the 2023 Pacific Games.
As part of the agreement, SINU had granted the rights for the use of its three campuses namely; SINU Kukum Campus, SINU Ranadi Campus and SINU Panatina Campus to be used as venues to conduct Games events come next year’s Sol2023 Pacific Games.
SINU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Jack Maebuta said that SINU is committed to supporting the Solomon Islands Government deliver a successful 2023 Pacific Games.
“The willingness and participation of the Venue Use Agreement is a testament and demonstration of our support to the Solomon Islands Government to successfully host and deliver a memorable legacy and the best Pacific Games ever.”
Dr Maebuta said that through the agreement, SINU has provided to the Pacific Games around 40% to 50% (percent) of its usable land to construct additional and related facilities for the delivery of the Games.
He added that SINU is proud to be partnering with GOC and NHA through the signing of the agreement with the aim of helping Solomon Islands host the best Pacific Games ever to be held in the region.
NHA Executive Director, Christian Nieng said that the signing marked yet another key milestone that the GOC has achieved in its journey towards hosting next year’s Pacific Games.
“NHA acknowledges the amount of time SINU and GOC staff had spent in going through the conditions stipulated in the agreement for Sol2023 to access SINU venues to be used as the Games village for the 2023 Pacific Games.
Mr Nieng added that SINU provides the largest athlete accommodation space needed for the Sol2023 Pacific Games, whilst also acknowledging the progress of all Committees under NHA – labeling preparations as being on track.
GOC Board Member, Mr Robert Iroga thanked SINU for its commitment in partnering with GOC and NHA – labeling the partnership as timely and critical towards the successful delivery of the Sol2023 Pacific Games next year.
“GOC sees this partnership with SINU as timely and critical towards delivering a successful Games next year,” he said