• Short Summary

    PORT MORESBY, IN NEW GUINEA, WITH A NORMAL POPULATION OF SOME 10,000, THIS WEEK ENTERED THE FINAL PHASE OF PREPARATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE AN ADDITIONAL 6,000 VISITORS WHO WILL BE ARRIVING FOR THE THIRD SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES WHICH BEGIN ON AUGUST 13.

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    PORT MORESBY, IN NEW GUINEA, WITH A NORMAL POPULATION OF SOME 10,000, THIS WEEK ENTERED THE FINAL PHASE OF PREPARATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE AN ADDITIONAL 6,000 VISITORS WHO WILL BE ARRIVING FOR THE THIRD SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES WHICH BEGIN ON AUGUST 13. THE TOWN'S FEW HOTELS, MOTELS AND GUEST HOUSES ARE BEING SUPPLEMENTED BY TEMPORARY LONGHOUSES TO PUT UP VILLAGE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER PAPUA-NEW GUINEA AND NEIGHBOURING TERRITORIES DURING THE TEN DAYS OF THE GAMES.

    WORK ALSO STILL CONTINUES IN THE STADIUM WHICH HAS BEEN SPECIALLY BUILT FOR THE OCCASION - THE SOUTH PACIFIC'S EQUIVALENT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES. IT STANDS ON WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY AN UNSIGHTLY RUBBISH DUMP NEAR THE HARBOUR. A SPECIAL ATHLETICS TRACK HAS BEEN LAID - AND THE STADIUM BOASTS ALL THE FACILITIES OF A MODERN SPORTS ARENA.

    THANKS TO THE GAMES, PORT MORESBY HAS ALSO GAINED AN OLYMPIC REGULATION-SIZE SWIMMING POOL, WHERE MEMBERS OF THE PAPUA-NEW GUINEA TEAM HAVE BEEN TRAINING DAILY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. THE POOL COST ABOUT 50,000 POUNDS STERLING (120,000 U.S. DOLLARS) AND HAS LONG BEEN SOUGHT BY THE INHABITANTS OF PORT MORESBY WHERE THE WEATHER IS NOT AND DUSTY FOR NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

    APART FROM THE EVENTS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE STADIUM, OTHERS SUCH AS TENNIS, TABLE TENNIS, BOXING, JUDO, YACHTING, SOCCER, RUGBY, BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL AND WEIGHTLIFTING WILL TAKE PLACE AT OTHER VENUES THROUGHOUT PORT MORESBY; WHILE THE GOLF COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT LAE.

    ATHLETES FROM 13 SOUTH PACIFIC COUNTRIES - INCLUDING A 200-STRONG "HOME" TEAM FROM PAPUA-NEW GUINEA - WILL BE COMPETING FOR THE GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS HINTED FOR THE OCCASION, WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED NEXT FRIDAY BY THE DUKE OF KENT."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5V40IEC271JJ00FJQ7WFX269O
    Media URN:
    VLVA5V40IEC271JJ00FJQ7WFX269O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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