Specialist advisor to PHA, Raj Juta, announced this at a media conference in Port Moresby.
“PHA is delighted to announce this landmark five year sponsorship with the PNGRFL as platinum sponsors of the PNG LNG Kumuls this year,” Juta said. “PHA will become naming rights sponsors of the PNG Kumuls starting next year 2020 when they will be known as PHA Kumuls until 2023.”
Juta also announced PHA’s partnership with PNGRFL for personal accident protection cover to all registered players and officials, including referees and employees.
“Providing protection to rugby league players through a Personal Insurance Cover is a very important step in promoting the sport not only in PNG but also to rugby league enthusiasts around the world,” Juta said. “This will encourage more players to be competitive and further develop the national sport at both the elite and grassroots levels.”
He said the sponsorship is part of PHA’s ongoing commitment to the people of PNG by providing insurance protection focusing on quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and personal accident insurance.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka stated that the K10 million contract signing reaffirms the Memorandum of Agreement both parties signed last month.
He said the contract will cater for the Team Kumul programs across the country. “The Kids to Kumuls program will benefit from this sponsorship,” Tsaka stated.
He said as platinum sponsors this year, PHA will have their logo on the back of the PNG Kumuls jumper,” Tsaka said. “Starting next year in 2020, the national team will be known as the PHA Kumuls until 2023 with option to renew.”
He said the PHA as major sponsors of the PNG Kumuls is a milestone and is a huge boost as they prepare PNG’s best team for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 in England.
“PNG Health Assurance‘s partnership with PNGRFL will provide insurance cover for all registered players, officials including referees and employees of PNGRFL,” Tsaka said.
He said K20 of the registration fees collected from players and officials will be paid to PHA as insurance premiums.
Tsaka stated the insurance cover ranges from any form of injuries/ disability to death. “These injuries, deaths (hopefully don’t happen) and other accidents are covered while playing or officiating at games and/or on duty for any PNGRFL event and function,” he said.
He said this partnership will start this year and end in 2020 with options to renew. “We are elated that an insurance company for the first time has come on board to partner with the PNGRFL and cover this very important aspect of players, officials and employees welfare,” Tsaka said.
Tsaka added that Raj Juta has been invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in Lae next week to address all affiliated presidents on the importance of insurance cover and the benefits of the K20 premium to be paid to PNGRFL.
PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the signing of the both contracts was timely.
“There are three International Test matches scheduled for the Kumuls this year and their support as major sponsors is greatly appreciated to prepare our national team as best as we can,” Rau said.
He said the PHA partnership with the PNG Kumuls came as a result of the APEC meeting held in Port Moresby last November.
Rau stated the consultation with PHA started during the APEC CEO’s meeting and this partnership can be seen as a benefit of APEC to the sport of rugby league and people of PNG.
Rau said the contract for the Group Personal Accident Insurance cover was vital and relevant to the PNGRFL.
“This will cover all the six tiers in our structure from the six year old to players in the Digicel Cup and Confederates as well as the Kumuls and Orchids,” Rau said. “We are grateful PHA has become a partner to handle all these insurance matters and claims professionally and legally.”
(From left to right: Team Kumul Chairman, Sudhir Guru, PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, PNGRFL Chairman, Sandis Tsaka, PHA Specialist Advisor, Raj Juta, PHA Director, Pradeep Soni and PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum at yesterday's signing)