PNG Sports Foundation

Sporting facilities on lockdown

The PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.

Inadequate access to water undermines participation: Report

The research also identified a range of constraints including limited access to clean toilets; ongoing water shortages; limited availability of soap for handwashing; an absence of facilities for women and adolescent girls to manage menstruation; and lack of accessible facilities for use by people with disabilities.

The findings will be launched on February 8th, and will inform the PNG Sports Foundation’s current review of the national sports policy.

Net-Fest competition ends

The competition was to keep the interest of the code burning amongst young and old netballers while the Port Moresby Netball Association competition is on recess.

The 3 weeks of Net-Fest attracted 9 teams competing in under 17, 21 and open divisions for 3 Saturdays.

National Sports Trustee Limited’s events and competition coordinator, Gure Gabina, said the response from teams was overwhelming and indicates the growing interest amongst Papua New Guinean women.

155 nominations received

“This is a fantastic number,” said Ronnie Mea, from the PNGSF, who is also a member of the SP Sports Awards Committee.

“But it is with no surprise as 2017 recorded a number of international sporting achievements in a number of codes.”

This year, the OSEP Sports Official of the Year category collected the highest number of nominations.

Mea said 21 nominations were received for 12 sports officials.

All nominations are now with the PNGSF.

APNG and PNGSF sign MOU

Under the MOU, the parties will work together to develop the content knowledge and best practiced skills of the sport of athletics to the next level, targeting Physical Education teachers, coaches, trainers and athletes.

PNG Sports Foundation Director of Major Events and Marketing, John Susuve was on hand to sign the MOU on behalf of the Executive Director, along with APNG President Tony Green.

Talks are underway for APNG to provide the course materials for the Human Movement Studies branch of the NSI to make a submission to the University of Goroka for teaching.

PNG Basketball secures new venue agreement

Representatives from BFPNG and PNG Sports Foundation-Venue Management (PNGSFVM) signed the paperwork on Tuesday this week.

Through the arrangement, BFPNG will continue to utilise the courts and function rooms at the complex, while TAIC will be the official venue for the Federation’s senior national championships set for July and the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup later in September of this year.

BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu said the Federation was thankful to PNGSFVM for partnering with them.

Touch Football PNG gets new home

This follows the signing of a long term tenant lease at Sir John Guise Sporting Precint with the PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF).

TFPNG President Dadi Toka Jr thanked the Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko and PNGSF chief executive officer Peter Tsiamalili for providing this opportunity for the first time in the history of the code.

TFPNG is negotiating with possible touch football associations in Port Moresby to hire the venue as well as plans to conduct TFPNG programs.

Venues to be subleased to sports federations

This was confirmed by the PNG Sports Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, yesterday during the subleasing agreement of the hockey pavilion to the PNG Hockey Federation at the Sir John Guise stadium.

Tsiamalili said close to five venues are yet to be subleased, including Bisini soccer venues, Bisini softball grounds, netball complex and athletics, which involves track and field venues in Port Moresby and in Lae as well.

Hockey pavilion leased to federation

The Port Moresby Hockey Pavilion at the Sir John Guise stadium was officially leased to Hockey Federation as the third facility leased out by PNG Sports Foundation. This comes after the PNG Football Stadium and the Bava Park for rugby and rugby touch.

The lease granted is for a year between December 1, 2016, and December 1, 2017.

This will then follow with a 2-year lease alongside a successful 1-year agreement.

President of PNG Hockey, Kaluwin Potuan, thanked the Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko and the Sports Federation for the lease.

Women's football loses advocate

Seen as a trailblazer for the women of Papua New Guinea, Davani featured in the first ever Papua New Guinea women’s national team in 1988 and helped them to their first Pacific Games title in 2003. In 2016 she was appointed as chairperson of the Women’s National Soccer League.

She was also the first Papua New Guinean woman to become a judge.

OFC and PNGFA President David Chung said Justice Davani’s loss will be keenly felt by the football community both locally and regionally.