Team PNG

Women’s Soccer Team Arrives In Fiji

The PNG women arrived to a warm Fijian welcome at Nadi international airport yesterday evening, accompanied by PNG Football Federation team.

The July 13-30 challenge at ANZ Stadium, Suva has attracted nine member associations, PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga.

The PNG team is:

Goalkeepers: Faith Kasiray, Fidelma Watpore, Betty Sam

Athletics Announce Team For Games

However, Athletics PNG held off making any formal announcement of the team to ensure that only those athletes who were fit and ready to compete at the Games would be included in the final team.

The team includes 10 male and eight female athletes, 17 of whom who were nominated last year by the PNG Olympic Committee and endorsed by the Justification Committee.

President Tony Green said that the US based athletes selected were advised earlier this year for obvious reasons, as this had implications for their movements after the Mini Games in Saipan.

34 Athletes Confirmed For Commonwealth Games

Team PNG Chef de Mission, Michael Henao, this week said "with 23 days to go before the games and we’re pleased to announce that 35 athletes from the endorsed six sports are now hard at training.

Henao said this including 20 Athletes, who just returned from the recent Pacific Mini Games at the Northern Marianas.

Team PNG will be competing in Athletics, Boxing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

He said of these sports, four athletes have qualified under the Regional Qualification Process confirmed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). 

Para Athletes Impress

Athletics alone had the biggest number of 38 athletes and 7 officials including 4 Para athletes who contributed two Gold medals from women and men 100m sprint.

From PNG’s Games record-breaking medal tally of 80 medals, athletics alone contributed 62 medals from its track and field events including six from the Para athletes.

In the men’s 100m sprint ambulant –Steven Abraham for PNG picked up Gold and Bronze in Javelin.

In the women’s 100m sprint ambulant, Dorna Longbut picked up Gold for PNG and Bronze in the Shotput Event.

Athletes Performed Above Expectations

Team PNG Chef de Mission, Kila Dick said many athletes have lifted their performances to the standard of the Games and this was indicative of the results, where PNG won 33 Gold, 28 Silver, and 19 Bronze, bagging 80 medals.

“Although we only entered five sports, Athletics, Golf, Tennis, Va’a and Weightlifting… it demonstrates the capabilities and the qualities of our athletes, especially the sport of athletics, weightlifting, and tennis,” Dick said.

Athletics won 5 Gold, 7 Silver, 7 Bronze.

Team Tennis, collected 4 Gold and 2 Silver. This was won by:

Kaputin To Carry PNG Flag At Commonwealth Games

The Team will attend the Games from the 25th of July to the 8th of August, 2022.

Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee President Sir John Dawanicura announced this during the combined Welcome for the Pacific Mini Games back from Northern Marianas and Farewell for Team PNG to the Commonwealth Games on Monday evening, at the Gateway Hotel.

Sir John said that the flag bearer reveal is an important role and ceremony in the lead up to the opening ceremony.

Team PNG Set For Games

It boasts a strong team for the 11th Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas.

“We have brought over a very strong contingent made up of our elite athletes from back home in PNG, the United States and Australia.
“Since our arrival last Sunday, our teams have gone straight into training,” said Team PNG Chef de Mission, Kila Dick.

He said Team PNG is adamant in getting the finer details right and have kept their fitness and focus.

Pacific Mini Games Countdown

The Pacific Mini Games will be hosting nine sports, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Beach Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, Triathlon, Va’a and Weightlifting. Saipan, Tinian and Rota will host the various competitions at different sporting venues.  Papua New Guinea will be participating in five - Athletics, Golf, Tennis, Va’a and Weightlifting. Beach Volleyball and Triathlon were not endorsed due to non-compliance of set requirements. Baseball and Badminton National Federation opted not to participate in the Pacific Mini Games due to their teams’ readiness.

Kini Is Official Flag Bearer

Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) President Sir John Dawanincura said the flag bearer reveal is an important role and ceremony in the lead up to the opening ceremony.

“Ailima’s outstanding leadership has been key to the vaá women’s success,” Sir John said.

“Ailima was part of the women’s team to the 2013 Mini Pacific Games that won three silver medals, the 2015 Pacific Games V12 team that shocked champions Tahiti for the Gold and in 2019 added another silver and a bronze for their treasure trove.

Team PNG Departs For Pacific Mini Games

Concerns due to COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the General Management Team to opt against a formal farewell reception.

The team is taking a contingent of 119 made up of 85 athletes and 34 officials including the General Management Team.

Team PNG will take part in five sports from the nine on offer and are expected to perform very strongly at this event.

Team Athletics makes up the bulk of the contingent with 37 athletes and seven team officials, followed by Va’a with 27 athletes and four team officials.