Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai, says these athletes are primed, fit and ready to battle it out with the best of the best.
“Four years have seen our athletes sacrifice their comfort zones and their family time to prepare for these games,” Waiwai said at the Team PNG farewell function yesterday evening in Port Moresby.
“Each athlete going is the best for each sport.
“Being a part of this journey, I know many have had to overcome so many obstacles because their focus was to not only make their respective teams, but to be the best that they can be and come out victorious.
“I know the million dollar question that everyone will be asking is: ‘Will team PNG be number one as we were in 2015?’ As the head of delegation, I want to ask the question: ‘Have our athletes been provided the best resources as they did prior to 2015?’”
Waiwai further expressed her confidence in this year’s team, adding PNG will be participating in 25 of the 28 sports on offer.
The participating codes are:
- Athletics (para events as well)
- Beach Volleyball
- Rugby 7s
- Rugby League 9s
- Table Tennis (para events as well)
- Touch Rugby
- Va’a (women only)
Meantime, the first group of athletes and officials will depart PNG for Samoa this Thursday ahead of the Opening Ceremony, which will be held on Sunday.
(Weightlifting team with champion lifter Steven Kari yesterday at the farewell function)