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Bolt will defend world 100m title in Beijing

Bolt, whose season has been disrupted by a leg injury which caused him to pull out of this month’s Paris and Lausanne meetings in the International Association of Athletics Associations’ (IAAF) Diamond League series, told a press conference: “When the Championship comes, if anyone knows anything about me, I will show up.”

Easy win for Silver Ferns against Fiji Pearls

The match marked inspirational captain Casey Kopua's return to the international arena after suffering a horrific knee injury last year, while rookie shooter Malia Paseka made her first test appearance, coming off the bench in the final quarter.

PNG Games builders have 12 months to fix defects

Sports and Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko said for example the Games Village which cost K240 million, K24 million will be held back for 12 months to ensure that all the buildings were structurally sound and any defects are rectified before the final hand over is given.

Oceania next for Fiji Hockey: Smith

The Fiji men’s and women’s team won gold in the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea last week and are now preparing for the Olympic qualifiers.
Fiji head coach Hector Smith said their first task now was now to select more players since only nine players travelled to PNG to participate in 5-a-side tournament.

All PNG participating athletes will receive K2500 each

Meanwhile, the Catholic Professionals Society of Papua New Guinea said the 2015 Pacific Games have brought about attitude change among the people.
The organisation said the Games should be used to reflect on the people’s attitude for a better society in the future.

China’s Anti-doping gives thumps up to ORADO

A representative from the agency Xianting Qiu was invited by ORADO to be an observer at the two-week’s Pacific Games to ensure testing of athletes participating at the games meet international practice. Xianting said samples taken from athletes tested at the games have been sent to Salt Lake City in the United States for analysis.

Pacific sprint king sets new 200m record but misses Rio target

This means that he has to try and qualify for both the 100 and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing, China next month.
Tabakaucoro was over-joyed setting the new record from his previous mark of 21.13 set in 2013.
He believes he’s in the right frame of mind for the Rio Olympics.

Roy Krishna in Buzetti’s list for Rio Olympics

Buzetti says that for the Olympics each team is allowed three over-aged players and Krishna is top of his list plus he needs three million dollars for the campaign.
“I’d like Roy Krishna for Rio,” said Buzetti.
Fiji’s historic qualification for the Olympics came via controversial circumstances after favourites New Zealand were disqualified for fielding over aged players in the playoffs in Po

ONOC hopes outcome of Aust and NZ in POM2015 would be positive

“I guess we’ll just have to wait for the evaluation from both Australia and New Zealand as well as countries that competed against them because I think the crowd appreciated that they were competing on equal power with both Australia and New Zealand and our people were winning medals which was quiet good,” said Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) President Dr Robin Mitchell.

Boxing passage to Olympics needs to change say PGAs

Pacific Games Associations (PGA), members of the bigger Pacific Games Council (PGC)and amateur boxing bodies from Oceania want a change in pathway to the Olympic Games.
Currently for the Rio Olympics next year, Oceania boxers come under Asia for qualification.

International hockey boss promises more competition in PNG

“The turf is fantastic, yeah. Its like the Olympic pitch in London, we are very pleased, here you have a full nice venue and after talking with the Minister of Sports we are very glad because we have a plan to allocate here a lot of hockey tournaments,” said the Spaniard.

Pacific Games used as qualification or ranking for International outings

“We’ve had Olympic Games, first stage qualification for Rio 2016 in weightlifting, there’s the men’s football component are taking place with New Zealand and the women’s event without the New Zealand women are the first stage qualifier for the Olympics, Taekwondo next week is a G4 event which will provide points for athletes to qualify for the Olympics.

Oceania family together for first time at a Pacific Games

“I’d like to just take this time to thank the Pacific Games Council members for allowing the whole of Oceania family to be here in Papua New Guinea, it’s the first opportunity since we signed the MOU last year and I’m very pleased that Australia and New Zealand attended the Games and leave it to them to report to you on their participation looking ahead.”

No Sunday games at 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga

“One of the issues asked of us the other day was what our response would be about sports on Sunday, we have decided we’d go back to he traditional way we’ve been running the Pacific Games and for Sunday we’ll allow everybody to rest or go to the beach but there will be no sport played on Sundays when you’re in Tonga,” said Lord Savele.

Swimming out and weightlifting doubtful for Vanuatu Mini Games 2017

Carlo in his report to the Pacific Games Council (PGC) Annual General Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea yesterday said swimming one of the major attractions at any Pacific or Oceania meet is not on the programme.
“We had discussions with the Pacific Games Council executives on deleting swimming, there’s also a big question mark on weightlfiting because you know the small countries would

Council wants Pacific Games recognised as Continental Games: Minogue

“We have Australia and New Zealand here and some of the sport are really using the Games now to qualify for the Olympics or World Championships and we have to deliver to a certain standard,” said Minogue.
“For the Games Council we will look at what we all do, and say, is there a way that we might need another person or two in some areas to help make sure that we do deliver everything to the st

Fiji 7s team needs $3m and coach Ryan believes he’ll get it

“We need $3 million to run manufactured programmes through to Rio. There is gonna be some substantial hidden costs with flying overseas players in and out for training and tournaments as well as camp costs and salaries.

Chair lady relies on God’s guidance for Pacific Games

“Definitely, you think about it, we were just three years out, no venues were built, no funding was fourth coming you know me like I said, no one really knew me a nobody, someone even said when I was announced as the chair, someone asked ‘so who’s Ema, you know and I had to rely on God,” said Ema as she looked back at the development stages of putting the Games together in just three years.

Tiny Norfolk wins big

“We are ecstatic, just ecstatic, blew our minds, just awesome,” said Jacqueline Grandy Chef De Mission for Norfolk Island after Douglas Creek won their first gold in pistol shooting.
“We had high hopes and it was well deserved.
Creek is part of the two men Team Norfolk Island shooting team in a team of just 18 to these games.

Women in Sport Chair calls for unity in womens ranks

Speaking at the Women in Sport breakfast at the gateway Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Brownlee said that women in the region were making headways on various fronts.
“Each one of you can make a difference. If we work together- we can make a difference in our communities, in our villagers, in our countries and totally in the Pacific.”

Niue yet to sign Convention against doping

This was revealed by Natanya Potoi Ulia, the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) Coordinator during the Pacific Sports Ministers meeting over the weekend.
“Please encourage Niue to sign up and to become a state party to the convention against doping in Sport because we had Niue as the last one in Oceania.

Palau welcomes the outcome of the 4th Sports Ministers meeting

The meeting which brought together 11 Sports Ministers focused on the theme ‘Governments and Sport- Working Together for the Pacific Islands People was held on the weekend at the Holiday Inn.
Ms Temengil said the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) and UNESCO came to the Port Moresby meeting with a working document that was presented to the Sports Ministers.

Regional Training Centres – the way to go: ONOC President

“Of all the models we’ve tried obviously the most successful one so far is the Regional Weightlifting training centre based in New Caledonia.
“We have a regional tennis centre in Lautoka which is slightly different focus on juniors and academics side and the athletic centre based in the gold coast. Other countries are talking about regional centres for boxing and judos and sub-regional for w

Fiji to host Oceania Weightlifting Championship

“Yes at the Weightlifting congress on Friday, Fiji won the bid.
“There were four countries bidding for it Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Its schedule for May, 2016 in Suva,” Dr Robin Mitchell told PACNEWS
Dr Mitchell said the Oceania Championships in Fiji is the Olympic qualifier for Rio Olympics.

Let the Games begin, Pacific Games declared open

The ceremony began with 1,000 women and children performing under blue lights that simulated waves surging and splashing from one end of the stadium to the other.

2015 Pacific Games facilities are the best in the region: PGC President

“I commend Prime Minister Honourable Peter O’Neill and his Government for the excellent facilities that are being provided for these Games.
“There is no doubt that the facilities for the 2015 Port Moresby Games are the best we have seen so far in this region and they all have far exceeded our expectations,” Lakhan told thousands of people that attended the Opening ceremony.

Great time to live in the Pacific: O’Neill

“Today we are living in the Asia-Pacific Century - with global economic growth and development centered on our part of the world.”

The Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan and the PNG Olympic Committee have continuously expressed their gratitude to the O’Neill government for taking the bull by the horn in fully backing the hosting of the Games.

Queen delighted that Aust & NZ in Pacific Games

In delivering The Queen’s message in his short speech before declaring open the XV (15th) Pacific Games, His Royal Highness- The Duke of York, Prince Andrew said - The Queen welcomed the inclusion of Australia and New Zealand to their first Pacific Games.

Voices of the Athletes spreads anti-doping message

PACIFIC GAMES: As athletes aim for their best performance at the Pacific Games, Voices of the Athletes is using sport as a platform to spread important messages.

Combining anti-doping, HIV awareness and environmental slogans, the group is part of the Oceania National Olympic Committee.

Fiji earned close to $30million for the 2003 SPG

“ With the Government funding of $10 million for the 2003 Games, I can confirm that Fiji earned close to FJD$30 million in revenue alone from visitors, athletes and officials, supporters and tourists during the Games according to economic research findings before and after the games – the injection into local economy during the games was a great positive for Fiji.

PNG wants to be a hub of sports development in the Pacific: Minister Tkatchenko

“We invested Kina 1.4 billion into the Games to ensure that the Pacific Games is not only a success but a stepping stone for sport in the years to come for PNG, hopefully producing world champions, commonwealth champions over the next 10 – 30 years with the facilities that we have now got.

Fourth Pacific Islands Sports Ministers Meeting Communiqué

Formal presentations were made by The Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Sports and 2015 Pacific Games, Papua New Guinea; The Hon. Madame Valentine Eurisouké, of New Caledonia; The Hon. Magele Mauiliu of Samoa; The Hon. Iliesa Delana of Fiji; The Hon. Fe’ao Vakata of Tonga, The Hon. Daniel Toara Kalo of Vanuatu and Mr. Vidhya Lakhan, President of the Pacific Games Council.

Basketball leading the way with Stats

FIBA Oceania have created history with the implementation of their LIVE stats program at the 2015 Pacific Games. For those not lucky enough to be in PNG to watch the action LIVE, you have the next best thing - a play by play account of all the action as it happens.

Be sure to checkout the shot chart - pictured - by team or by player. Everything a basketball fan could ever want!

PNG ready to host the 15th Pacific Games

“As far as we are concerned, we are in the games delivery mode and everything is looking very good. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of work done to make sure that venues are Games ready. I know from our previous visits that the venues have always been an issue, but this time there is no issue with the venues. They are all functional, most of them have been tested and tried.

ONOC and PNGOC train PNG media in games coverage

About 30 media personnel went through a days training on how to maximise their time in covering the 2015 Pacific Games. The training was conducted in collaboration between ONOC, PNGOC and PNG media. All the participants will be covering a regional games for the first time.

Two day Olympic forum in Fiji for Chef de Missions

Two day Olympic Forum concludes as Chef de Missions are briefed on Rio Olympic Games and various requirements.

Fiji's Leslie Copeland & Dr Robin Mitchell

ONOC's Olympic Book - Now Available

Oceania National Olympic Committees have commissioned a book to reflect the journeys that our Pacific Island athletes made towards London 2012. “Oceania – An Odyssey to the Olympic Games” jointly produced by The Reporters’ Academy and Oceania National Olympic Committees.
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