Facilities a boon for athletes

Sports

FORMER boxer and Papua New Guinea Sports Hall of Fame inductee Tumat Sogolik has encouraged young PNG athletes to make use of the quality sporting facilities which are now available to them.
The 61-year old from New Ireland made the comments after being inducted to the second edition of the Hall of Fame last weekend.
Speaking during The National-sponsored event Sogolik said PNG has come a long way in sports and with the current facilities that were now available, athletes could achieve more and be world beaters.
“Back then in our days we used to make do with whatever that was available, we did not have the facilities like today so we use to make do by carrying stones in bags, running up and down and hills and so on,” Sogolik recalled.
“Today our young athletes are blessed with the sporting facilities and that is why we are hosting big sporting events for the first time and as a pioneer sportsman of this country, I am so pleased to see,” he said.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop witnessed Sogolik’s statements on the availability of sporting facilities in this modern era and challenged young athletes to take heed of the advice from previous sporting athletes who are legends of sport in the country.
“Young athletes of Papua New Guinea must embrace the old and take heed of their advice. The government will keep on supporting sport in the country because the government knows the significance it’s brings to all; it brings us pride, unity and change,” Parkop said.

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