Sports creates people-to-people relationships

Prime Minister James Marape in his recent visit to the People’s Republic of China to witness the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, sent a positive message to the world. He said we must remain united for the global common good, through sports.

Departing Port Moresby on Thursday 3rd February for the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Prime Minister James Marape said, “China’s successful hosting of the games sends a positive message to the next host that any global event of such can be staged, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

PM Marape who viewed the games as something positive, expects sportsmen and women to unite the world as one people.

“Sport is an important tool whereby citizens from around the world can cultivate and further promote people-to-people relations that transcend skin colors, ethnicities, cultures and religions,” said Marape.

The Prime Minister stated that renowned PNG swimmer and Golden Fish Ryan Pini who once competed in the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, remains a great inspiration for Papua New Guineans.

Meanwhile PM Marape pointed out that PNG and China have cooperated in developing sports infrastructure in the country where he looks forward to enhancing PNG-China relations into the future, especially in attracting more investment to add value to PNG’s vast natural resources.

Godwin Eki