Rio Olympic Games

Federal investigation opened into alleged Russian doping

The probe is more than a year old, meaning it predates media reports from November 2015 that alleged massive cheating by Russian athletes.

PNG boxers to return today from Olympic qualifiers

The four – Andrew Aisaga in the 69kg division, Charles Keama 52kg, Thadius Katua 60kg and Jonathan Keama 75kg all lost their fights in their preliminary bouts on points.

National boxing coach Joe Aufa said the team will now await the national federation (PNG Boxing Union) and the PNG Olympic Committee to decide what their next assignment is.

Three-way race for athletes for spot to Rio

They are three time Olympian and four time Pacific Games 400m hurdles Champion Mowen Boino, double Pacific Games 400m champion and London 2012 representative Nelson Stone and rising star in the 200m and 400m Theo Piniau.

Athletics PNG last year named the three contenders for this place and set out how the selection process will work.

The athlete selected will be the one who, by the PNG Olympic Committee deadline of June 19, has the best performance by reference to the IAAF scoring tables in Athletics.

PNG Loop 5@5

Clever and simple trick results in Buimo Jail break

A cleverly devised trick took the Buimo jail officers by surprise, which saw the mass breakout, occur with 94 prisoners escaping on Thursday Feb 25.

PX airlifts Fiji relief supplies

Toea Wisil strong candidate for Rio Olympics

Athletics PNG will select one female and one male athlete for the Games under the universality rule.

Universality rule guarantees every Olympic Committee a place for one male and one female athlete regardless of qualifying standards.

APNG president Tony Green says Wisil is in the drivers seat for selection if no one runs a qualifying time.

“We have drawn up selection guidelines to eliminate any doubts as to what would happen in the event that someone else runs a qualifying time,” said Green in a statement.

PNG can only qualify two weightlifters for Rio Olympics

This will be determined at the 2016 Oceania Championships at Fiji in May which is the Olympic qualifier for Rio Games.

Oceania Weightlifting Federation general secretary and regional coach Paul Coffa said no one so far from PNG has qualified on their own merit for the Olympics.  

Coffa said although he is very confident that Morea Baru will do so prior to the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualification event in Suva, Fiji.

Baru won a gold medal in the 62 kg category at the recent 2015 Pacific Games lifting 121kg snatch.