PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC)

K600,000 For Team PNG

On the eve of travel to the Games, PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF) yesterday presented a K626,980 cheque to the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) earmarked for Team PNG’s participation at the Commonwealth Games. 

In a small but significant presentation held at the Aquatic Centre, PNGSF Chief Executive Officer, Albert Veratau said he was privileged on behalf of the Government to support Sport and especially the elite athletes representing Papua New Guinea in a world sporting event, the Commonwealth Games.

Ensure Fair Representation: Launa

This was highlighted during a Gender Equality workshop on Monday organised by the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC), were the key messages were promoting a ‘Safe Space’ and ‘Fair Representation’.

PNGOC Gender Equity Committee Chairlady, Iamo Launa challenged the attendees, particularly National Sports Federations about ‘Fair Representations.’

“How are you promoting Gender Equity in respective National Federations? Have you done enough? National Federations must ensure there is fair representation,” emphasised Launa.

Sports Endorsed, 4 Athletes Qualified for Birmingham

With less than 100 days left, the PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla said the endorsed sports are Athletics, Boxing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

“Of these sports, four athletes have qualified under the Regional Qualification Process confirmed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). They include Weightlifting’s Dika Toua and Morea Baru and Table Tennis’s Geoffrey Loi and Tammy Agari as announced earlier this month,” said Rapilla.

Coral Sea Hotel Renew Support

Coral Sea Hotels have continued a long-standing arrangement with the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC), to provide accommodation and venue assistance to support the PNGOC with its preparation of athletes for major sporting events. 

According to Coral Sea Hotels’ Senior Vice President & Group General Manager, Peter Laigaard Jensen, the hotel group has been a long-term supporter of the sporting ambitions of PNG, through the support of PNGOC.

SP Brewery Limited Backs PNGOC

The K150,000 is an annual commitment by SP Brewery, as part of the brewery’s three-year sponsorship to the PNGOC.

SP Brewery Managing Director, Ed Weggemans said: “Even though we are dealing with trade restrictions and loss of business, SPB is proud to continue our support to Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee for another year.”

This support go towards helping Team PNG participate in the Northern Marianas Mini Pacific Games in Saipan from June 17the - 25th, and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the 28th of July to the 8th of August 2022.

Team PNG Needs K4.5m

The two notable games slated to be held in 2022 is the one-year delayed (from 2021) Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas scheduled from June 17th – 25, while the iconic celebration of sport to embrace the Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and destiny is scheduled from July 28 to August 8th. 

One of the major fundraising events organized by PNGOC is the annual Prime Ministers Corporate Golf Challenge. The first event will be held in Lae on Friday 08th April at the Lae Golf Club and in Port Moresby on April 22 Port Moresby Golf Club.

Trukai Fun Run Launched

Being the PNGOC’s largest fundraising event for the Team PNG, funds raised go towards helping Team PNG to the 2022 Saipan Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas in June and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom in July. 

Trukai Industries Chief Executive Officer, Allan Preston when commenting on this partnership said Trukai has been the major sponsor of the Fun Run since 2000 marking its 22nd year.

Endorsement Of Team PNG Pending

While the endorsement of the final team is pending, the top management for Team PNG has been appointed. The JC is the committee under the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) that deliberates and endorses sports and their top athletes to take part as Team PNG in the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pacific Games.

Targeted sports that will represent Papua New Guinea at the 2022 Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Mariana Island, scheduled for June 17th to 25th 2022 are Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, Va’a and weightlifting.

Queen's Baton Relay

The East Sepik Province will host the Queen’s Baton when it arrives in the country.

Governor for East Sepik Allan Bird joined PNGOC President Sir John Dawanincura, and Secretary General Auvita Rapilla, in making the announcement.

The Queens Baton for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is currently making its way to Papua New Guinea from Asia.

PNG will be the first Country to receive the Baton in the Oceania Region.

Funding Available For National Federations

Last year only four national federations received a boost towards preparing for the Games after being allocated funding under Team PNG’s Performance Strategy.

Athletics, Basketball, Boxing and Va’a were the first to receive funding last year, which includes providing equipment-funding other NFs are urged to apply for funding, especially with 2023 Pacific Games just around the corner.  

Funding available is to help support national federations host their national tournaments and selections for upcoming internationals meets.