PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC)

Pini’s perspective on 2024 Olympics

With his experience as an athlete, Pini acknowledges the PNG Olympic Committee’s unique perspective on team management and the hard work that goes into it.

Having moved to the administrative side, Pini appreciates the critical role the sponsorship plays in the organization's engine room, which is always buzzing with activity.

Pini noted the vast amount of information exchanged between the IOC, Commonwealth Games, Pacific Games, and all stakeholders involved, but he praised the team's remarkable job in getting athletes to perform their best.

Regions attend athlete development workshops

Run by the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC), the workshops involved 127 participants from across the regions, held from January 21st- 28th, 2023.

Attending sports included, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Body Building, Cricket,

Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Karate, Kickboxing, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Para Sports, Powerlifting, Rugby Touch, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sailing, Special Olympics, Swimming, Teqball, Va’a (Outrigger Canoeing), Volleyball and Weightlifting. 

Call for applications for Team PNG Scholarships

With the vision to develop the capability of elite athletes for life after sport, the scholarship will once again see athletes undergo various courses at the IBS through this scholarship.

The PNGOC is now calling for applications from interested Team PNG athletes for educational scholarship opportunities in collaboration with the IBS University in Port Moresby.  Applications are available for certificate, diploma and bachelor courses and is now open and will close on the 3rd of February 2023. 

Sports legends honoured

Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee delivered its 7th Edition of the Papua New Guinea Sports Hall of Fame with the induction of three outstanding sport legends, on Thursday, 8th of December 2022. 

The PNG Sports Hall of Fame was initiated in 2011 to honour and preserve the legacy of the individuals who excelled in the past, recognizing sporting accomplishments, bringing pride and distinction to our country, and who have contributed to the development of sport in PNG.

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.