Visiting judo technical delegate, Robert Ivers, says the venue for the judo competition at Van2017 is ’fantastic’.

Mr Ivers is the Technical Director as well as Secretary General of Oceania Judo, and spent four days in Port Vila to have interviews with key judo people in Vanuatu and visiting the Korman venue, where judo matches will take place.

“The building is big and has the perfect size — not too big so it can lose its intimacy, the crowd will be close, and it will bring the excitement, but obviously there’s still a lot of work to do at the venue,” he said.

According to the preliminary sport schedule, judo competitions will take place on the first week of the Pacific Mini Games, from December 5-7, 2017.

His visit at the Korman venue allowed Mr Ivers to walk past and to visualize what the end results would be, but overall he said he is confident that the venue will be good and appropriate, which means it will meet international judo requirements.

He said the confirmed date down for the completion of the Korman complex gives enough time to have all works done before the operation of the venues.

Van2017 Sport Manager, William Worwor, said it is timely to have the technical delegates coming over to inspect the venues.

“Having this feedback is really good, to make sure that the planning we have now in place is going in the right direction,” he said.

Since the beginning of this year a total of nine technical delegates from international federations including archery, weightlifting, basketball 3x3, netball, athletics, beach volleyball, golf, rugby and judo have visited.

Mr Worwor said the delegates from boxing and table tennis will be arriving in Port Vila this month also to assess the competition site and work with Van2017 Sport Section to see the progress of the planning towards the Games.

For more information on the progress of the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games preparations, please visit our website: or visit Facebook: vanuatu2017 or Vanuatu2017Nasiviru.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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