Parkop calls for PM to address ‘Sports Politics’

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, has called on the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and the Government to come up with interventions to address ‘Sports Politics’ in the country.

Governor Parkop said it was a said situation in the country where popular sporting codes administrations had been politicised affecting the potential of PNG athletes.

Governor Parkop said in parliament today that “sports Politics’ at the administrative level severely impacted PNG’s competiveness in sports affecting young sports men and women.

He pointed out the codes Soccer and Rugby Union which in the recent past made headlines over its administrations.

Governor Parkop said other smaller Pacific Islands dominated sporting codes overseas while PNG athletes were denied opportunities due to ‘sports politics’ and called for Government intervention.

He added the since the intervention into Rugby League there has been nothing but positives  coming out.

The Prime Minister said he has tried to mediate some of the codes issues such as Rugby Union, but it was entirely up to the sporting administrators to come to a compromise to work together.

He said the last thing Government wanted to do was interfere in Sports through legislative changes.

Cedric Patjole