FIFA pays tribute to Brazil football club tragedy

More than 14,000 people including the players, officials and supporters that packed the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday night to witness the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, paid tribute.

The 19 players that died were all from the Chapecoense club of southern Brazil.

They were on the way to the finals of a regional tournament against Atletico Nacional of Medellin, which was due to be played on Wednesday.

FIFA applauds host nation

Deputy chairwoman of the FIFA organising committee, Sonia Bien Aime, gave closing remarks on the tournament, saying she would like to commend the fans and supporters.

“I have been to many and I must admit that I was blown away and surprised, even I was told that the people are friendly, but what I have seen in the stadium is just amazing,” she said.

She added that she really didn’t know what to expect when she got here.

FIFA official: Need for more PNG female referees

Seitz said the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2016 has only two referees from the Oceania region, Finau Vulivuli from Fiji and Maria Tamalelagi from Samoa.

A total of 17 referees and 28 assistant referees from 34 different countries have been officiating at the World Cup.

Seitz encouraged women in PNG to think of refereeing as an option.

“If women see this as an option, then we can encourage them and then get them trained, but first we need to recruit,” Seitz explained.

Female sports journalists urged to empower others

Oceania Football Confederation Deputy General Secretary and incoming FIFA Chief of Women’s Football, Sarai Bareman said the role that journalists play is very important for women.

Bareman told journalists involved in the Women in News and Sport (WINS) program to uplift women involved in sports and celebrate their achievements.

WINS hosted a workshop on Wednesday, Nov 23 in conjunction with the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and participants were treated to a diverse range of FIFA speakers.

Defense display preparedness for FIFA and APEC

This assurance was further driven home in a show of force and skill last night at the Sir John Guise stadium when PNG Loop was preview to a special display of close quarter combat and counter terrorism skills from the PNGDF Special Forces division.

Chief of Force Preparation, Colonel Siale Diro explained that the Special Forces have been training with the assistance of Australian, New Zealand and US special Forces for a number of years now.

Police manpower boosted for FIFA games operations

This morning while giving a brief rundown of police traffic operations, Assistant Police Commissioner Jerry Frank confirmed the engagement of the NSU and SSD personnel.

Frank adds that officers have split up operations to also cater for assistance to escort and ferry teams and organisers between the various match venues, training grounds and accommodation areas.

Residents are also being advised that a set route for transport will be confirmed and announced.

Traffic police steps up in for FIFA games

Assistant police commissioner of traffic operations Jerry Frank informed PNG Loop that all pre-operation orders have been issued to all units around the nation’s capital.

Frank advises all Moresby city residents to be mindful of the two week international sporting event that will take place in the city.

He says that police officers have all been briefed and are carrying out prerequisite operations leading up to the November 11 start of event.

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PNG is ‘games ready’ to host FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko revealed this today in Parliament when responding to WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel on the preparedness of the event.

TKatchenko said the country is ready to host the 16 international teams during the event.

He added that Venezuela and USA will be arriving in the country today and the others will follow soon.

“All the facilities are game ready and will be handed over to the FIFA organizing committee to run the competition at the end of this week.”

German Chancellor may visit PNG

The visit, however, will be a reality if the German Women’s Soccer team make the final of the Under 20 Women’s World Cup.

Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko made the announcement after being informed by FIFA officials.

“Apparently she’s very keen on sports and promotes her country right around,” said Tkatchenko.

If it does eventuate, it will be the first time in history a German leader visits PNG.

Tkatchenko, however, did confirm that FIFA President, Giani Infantino, will be in the country during the tournament.