BY DAVID SUSUVE
SPORTS EQUIPMENT: Bava Park’s rugby union stadium has become over the years the home of termites and creeping plants and users are still thinking about it; when it will be refurbished.
Built and opened in 2015 by then Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, who promised the world-class facilities would be maintained and kept up to standard by the government.
Seven years later, termites and algae have flooded the ceilings and walls of the company’s boxes, making them look unsanitary and unsafe.
On a visit to the site over the weekend we found destroyed walls, broken ceilings with no attempt at government intervention to improve the facility except for algae regrowth and creeping plants.
Even purchased materials also rot. Spectators who usually come to the pitch at the weekend are worried about the stadium being abandoned.
It was meant to be a stadium that will boost local SMEs as well as a revenue-generating gateway for organizers, but is seen as a failure and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Even though the funding came from the government, the facility to this day is still unused. The proof of this can be seen when you visit the site.
The sad state of infrastructure and the breakdown in the delivery of vital services were significant testimonies of this sad state of affairs and this stadium is an example of it.
It is the same story for the other sports facilities in Port Moresby which are also in the same condition. The worst was the state of the toilets.
These rooms in particular should have been a no-go area by now, had health authorities taken care to check.
Its overpowering stench could kill an infant. Solid tar-like dirt stains line the floor of the urine basin, and the white toilet bowl is smeared with secretion stains.
The floor and the walls of the enclosure bear the same stains.
The walls also bear graffiti of all kinds. But what hope is there for people and sports fans? The problems were much worse.
These challenges have forced people to resort to the unthinkable to help themselves while attending the games.
Life for spectators and players is much worse than it has ever been, especially when leaning on the large and outdoor stands which are held up by scaffolding and are on the verge of collapsing at any time. moment.
Many felt that the old Bava Park setting should have remained; therefore, development changes should have been made to the seating capacity, administration building and toilet blocks.
While officials from the PNG Sports Foundation could not be reached for comment, Sports Minister Wesley assured that these venues will be upgraded to support future sports programs and competitions.
Raminai said it will be a priority for the (government) this year under the Sports Policy Plan 2020-2050.
The question about the spirit of every body is now; how long and when exactly?