3 sports axed from Pacific Games

According to the PNG Olympic Committee Justification Committee, the codes’ adminstration failed to meet the required benchmark and justification deadlines and criteria. 

Rugby League 9s was the only sport that appealed the decision to the PNG Sports Dispute Tribunal who ultimately upheld the decision of the Justification Committee.

The PNGOC is urging all sports targeting participation in the upcoming November 2023 Solomon Islands Pacific Games to meet all requirements by September 6th.

New Caledonia grabs four golds in judo

In the women’s lightweight category, New Caledonia's Jaycee Brival took gold, her team mate Rosa Delots silver, and the two bronze went to NCL’s Cloe Omo-Perraut and Fiji’s Veniana Ravesi.

For the women’s heavyweight open, there was a surprise victory in gold for Shanice Takayawa of Fiji. Poerava Temakeu of Tahiti settled for silver and the bronze was shared by Tahiti’s Rauhiti Vernaudon and Teraimatuatini Bopp.

Judo veteran ready for Rio

Sadly this will also be his last for Team PNG. 

Raymond stepped onto the Olympic mat as a first Papua New Guinean Judoka in the 2012 London Olympics and 3 years later, je

is on another Olympic voyage, this time for Rio de Janeiro.

Currently ranked 122 in the world and competing in the 66kg division, Ovinou will be Team PNG’s lone Judo representative to Rio.

He is currently in Japan for training until the lead up to the South American qualifier-Panam Open in Argentina in March.

In April he will also be fighting for merits in Canberra, Australia.