Trukai announced on the eve of the Games as an incentive that 5000 kina would be given to every PNG weightlifter that won gold.
13 gold medals were won in weightlifting. 15 000 of the 65 000 kina went to Thelma Mea Toua who snared three gold medals.
Trukai general manager of sales and marketing Andrew Daubney said Trukai had no doubt in PNG’s weightlifters during the Games and would continue this support into the future.
“13 gold medals is outstanding. Providing incentives for athletes pushes them to train harder and come out triumphant,” said Daubney.
PNG Weightlifting Federation President John Dawanincura thanked Trukai for their support of weightlifting since 1995 and said a lot of weightlifters had benefited immensely.
Female weightlifter Guba Hale voiced her gratitude saying without the support of Trukai as well as the government, her achievements in winning two gold medals at the Games would not have been possible.