PNG Sports Foundation

Venues to be subleased to sports federations

This was confirmed by the PNG Sports Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, yesterday during the subleasing agreement of the hockey pavilion to the PNG Hockey Federation at the Sir John Guise stadium.

Tsiamalili said close to five venues are yet to be subleased, including Bisini soccer venues, Bisini softball grounds, netball complex and athletics, which involves track and field venues in Port Moresby and in Lae as well.

Hockey pavilion leased to federation

The Port Moresby Hockey Pavilion at the Sir John Guise stadium was officially leased to Hockey Federation as the third facility leased out by PNG Sports Foundation. This comes after the PNG Football Stadium and the Bava Park for rugby and rugby touch.

The lease granted is for a year between December 1, 2016, and December 1, 2017.

This will then follow with a 2-year lease alongside a successful 1-year agreement.

President of PNG Hockey, Kaluwin Potuan, thanked the Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko and the Sports Federation for the lease.

Women's football loses advocate

Seen as a trailblazer for the women of Papua New Guinea, Davani featured in the first ever Papua New Guinea women’s national team in 1988 and helped them to their first Pacific Games title in 2003. In 2016 she was appointed as chairperson of the Women’s National Soccer League.

She was also the first Papua New Guinean woman to become a judge.

OFC and PNGFA President David Chung said Justice Davani’s loss will be keenly felt by the football community both locally and regionally.

WNB Chamber of Commerce call for delay in Games

The WNBCCI is urging the PNG Sports Foundation and the WNB Host Organizing Committee to carefully consider deferring the 2017 games to October.

In an official correspondence to Loop PNG, WNBCCI president, Ian O’Hanlon, tells PNG Loop that the proposed month for the games to be held is one of the wettest.

He said the issue was raised during their September meeting, which was attended, by Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, and a PNG Sports Foundation representative.

Work on fields and venues for FIFA World Cup a priority

This was highlighted by the executive director of the PNG Sports Foundation, Peter Tsiamalili, during a workshop held by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) last week.

He said there will be four training fields at Bisini, one at Sir John Guise stadium, two at Murray Barracks, two at the University of Papua New Guinea, two at the Institute of Public Administration, two at Gerehu Secondary School, one at Gordon’s Secondary School, two at Port Moresby National High School and one at the Port Moresby International School.

National Soccer League season officially launched

The event was witnessed by franchise clubs, sponsors, PNG Football Association, Sports Federation officials and government officials.

When launching the season, NSL chairman Isaac Lupari thanked the participating clubs, franchise owners and Telikom PNG for the support.

Lupari said it had not been an easy journey for NSL in the last 12 years.

 "We hope that one day soccer will become the national sport in PNG as it is played throughout the country by all ages and gender," said Lupari.