TRUKAI OLYMPIC DAY FUN RUN
SUNDAY 8th JULY 2012
The National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has contributed balance of funds given for the Pacific Mini Games last year towards Team PNG's participation at the Commonwealth Games this year.
NGCB through the Community Benefit Fund is once again supporting the PNGSFOC.
On hand to announce the handing over of funds was PNG Sports Foundation Chairman Graham Osborne, he said that the K1.5 million given last year to support the team to the Pacific Mini Games was held by the Sports trust (under the PNG Sports Foundation) and upon submission of acquittals he was happy to present the balance.
Last year NGCB backed PNG’s successful bid to host the 2015 Pacific Games with K1.5 million and also backed Team PNG’s participation at the Pacific Mini Games last year with another K1.5 million, of which PNGSFOC has submitted acquittals and NGCB has generously allowed the balance of K226, 263.64 to be used for PNG’s participation at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India this year from 03 -14 October.
NGCB continues to support sports in PNG and this contribution will go a long way in seeing that athletes, officials and administrators are prepared for competition this year.... As part of PNGSFOC’s lead up strategies for 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia, as well as kick starting focus on 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
Our team to the Commonwealth Games this year consists of 120 athletes and officials from 8 sports, including for the first time Netball, with Rugby7s having participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. We will also be represented in Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Squash and Weightlifting and athletes with disability in Athletics and Powerlifting.
The last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 was a turning point for sport in PNG with Ryan Pini coming in with Gold in the 100m Butterfly and Dika Toea silver 53kg Weightlifting
Sir Henry ToRobert, President of the PNGSFOC was pleased with this gesture from the NGCB and he emphasized the importance of acitting of monies from the public purse as this showed transparency and accountability.
He said the team will do its best to make PNG proud, but most of all we are giving athletes the opportunity to compete at an international level and experience what it means to be part of a global family of sports and learn the values of true sportsmanship
We thank the Management and Board of NGCB and look forward to their continued support in the years to come.