Taiwanese construction company Fu Tsu will build a new national stadium for the Solomon Islands ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirmed the timeline for the project.

The MoU was signed by Fu Tsu chairman Cliff Lin and Jimmie Rodgers, secretary to the country’s Prime Minister and chairman of the Games’ National Hosting Authority, according to the Solomon Times.

A separate MoU was penned in March to confirm that funding was in place for Fu Tsu’s role in designing and developing the venue, which will be used for the main athletics competitions during the Games.

The development of the 12,000-capacity venue has now been ratified by the latest MoU, which has set out the various deadlines for the project.

Lin said that the new stadium would be ready for use by January 2023, some six months before the Games take place from July 14-28.

The Solomon Islands edged out Tahiti in the vote to host the Games just over three years ago, and the National Hosting Authority was established in December to steer preparations for the Games.

The 2019 edition of the multi-sport event is currently taking place in Samoa.

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