PNG athletes

3 confirmed for Paris Olympics

They are, Kevin Kassman and Gibson Mara from taekwondo and Morea Baru - weightlifting.

Beu, Monagi in sensational form

Beu stunned the crowd with a sensational 200m semifinal run in which she overhauled Australia’s Riley Day and two New Zealand Athletes in the closing stages win the heat in 23.81 seconds.

With an Olympic spot at stake the Morobe girl was not concerned about saving something for the final – it was more about recording a series of fast times.

Strong Show from PNG Athletes

Development squad athletes, Joy Tieba qualified for the 200m semifinals with a 26.25sec clocking. She and Denlyne Siliwen ran under 13 seconds for the 100m in an invitational event.

6 qualify for Oceania championships

Timothy Tuna (10.79), Pais Wisil 10.68 and Emmanuel Anis 10.83 all comfortably negotiated the first round as did Leonie Beu (12.08) Adrine Monagi (12.09) and Isila Apkup (12.19) in the women’s event. 

Athletes depart for Fiji

Karo Iga, Sharon Toako Rellie Kaputin and team manager Nola Peni will join them on the Brisbane- Nadi flight this evening.  

Athletics PNG President, Tony Green, when seeing off the athletes today said the championships will give some of our elite and up and coming athletes quality competitions competing against the best athletes from the region including Australia and New Zealand. 

ATHLETES OFF TO QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Edna Boafob, Harihi Naime and William Peka will run the 400m hurdles finals on Thursday evening and will also run the 400m at the championships. Pais Wisil will run the 100m and 200m with Benjamin Aliel entering the 200m and 400m and Karo Iga the Long Jump and 100m.

The athletes will all be looking to post some good times after a period of training at the Gold Coast. Scholastica Herman travels to Brisbane on Thursday morning with 2023 Commonwealth Youth representative Suaire Goiye who will both run the 800m on Friday and 1500m on Saturday.

Pacific Games medalists recognized

As promised during the welcome reception to recognize the athletes, the cheque for K1 million was presented yesterday.

Team PNG recorded 105 medals in total at the Pacific Games.

Chief Executive Officer of PNG Sports Foundation, Albert Veratau said the money will be shared among the medalists, with gold medalists receiving K5000 each, silver K2500 and Bronze K1000.

K17m budgeted for sports

K12 million will go to the Pacific Games and the remaining will be used to finance the long awaited PNG Games. A portion of the remaining K5 million was used in assisting athletes representing the country in Trinidad and Tobago events.

With this significant amount of money made available, PNG Sports Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Albert Veratau, says PNG is expecting good results.

Veratau said, although PNG has won the Pacific Games before, the country expects a win in the Pacific Games outside of PNG.

PNG trio off to Commonwealth Youth Games

Judy Mitchel, Suaire Goiye and Christina Moiyang, all taking part in athletics, were selected by the PNG Olympic committee earlier this year after consideration by the Justification Committee.

They will travel with Coach Subul Babo.

Mitchel was outstanding at the 2022 PNG Air National Championships in Port Moresby where she won both the 100m and 200m in the Under 18 division despite being eligible for the U16 division at that time.

Athletes ready for Brisbane championship

The championship will run from March 30 to April 2, 2023 in Brisbane. The athletes have been training at the Gold Coast in preparation for these events, with support from PNG Olympic Committee, City of Gold Coast and Oceania Athletic Association.