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  Pacific Games Fever Into Schools and Village Early

Roadside flag buntings on long sticks lining both sides of the main road, are becoming early tell-tale signs of the Pacific Games reaching into rural schools and villages around the country.

In one of the villages along the coastal front on the eastern side of Savai’i, buntings showing the colours of Papua New Guinea were lined up from one end to the other.

Basketball playing schedule done

Only 10 member countries are to be represented in basketball at the Pacific Games in July.

Competition gets underway as early as on the first day of the Games will pool clashes for both men and women, starting with Round 1 on the 1 of July.

Pool matches are played in a round robin format for the first week up to Day 6 on Saturday 13th July.

Athletes Urged Not To Feel Obligated To Use Free Condoms

Condoms will be freely available for the athletes during the July Pacific Games but this does not mean they are obligated to use them.

More than a 1000  boxes of condoms have been put aside for use during the Games. These will be distributed at the games village and other locations where athletes and officials will be accommodated in both Savaii and Upolu.

Pacific Games Office Wants 500 Plus Vehicles

More than 500 vehicles are needed for the Pacific Games to accommodate the athletes from member countries participating in the regional event in July.

An estimated  4,500 athletes and officials will be in Samoa for the Games  and a large number of vehicles are needed for transportation from the accommodations to the various sporting venues and back.

Future Uncertain For Apia Park Sports Complex

The future of the Apia Park Sports Complex beyond the Pacific Games in July is uncertain, as it is now firmly established that it is flood prone.

The Vaisigano River is largely to blame for the flooding and the resulting damages; the worst one during Cyclone Evans in 2012.

The river overflowed into one of its dried up tributary at Lelata and gushed straight into the sports complex.

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