PNG Olympic team eye 8 events in Rio

Papua New Guinea is looking at competing in eight sporting events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21, 2016.

They’re athletics, boxing, soccer, judo, swimming, taekwondo, shooting and weightlifting.

PNG will be looking to send 28 athletes including the womens soccer team but this will depend on which athletes and teams qualify.

PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) confirmed that the sports are still attending their respective qualification events.

Ryan Pini is the only swimmer that has qualified so far.

The womens soccer team will play New Zealand on Tuesday, January 26 at QBE Stadium in Auckland during Leg 2 of the 2016 OFC Women's Olympic Qualifiers Stage 2.

In weightlifting, PNG will have to go through the Oceania Championships from May 23-28 in Fiji to qualify only one male and female.

The rest of the sporting codes are yet to confirm their qualification events.

PNGOC confirmed that Team PNG will be finalised at the end of April.   

Quintina Naime