By JACK AMI
THE Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee has stepped in to assist the PNG Volleyball Federation get the Amoa beach volleyball teams to compete at invitational tournaments in Nadi, Fiji.
They departed yesterday to participate in the three back-to-back tournaments from Nov 19-26.
Pacific Games gold medal-winning men’s pair Moha Mea and Richard Kilarupa, and women’s pair Alice Ito and Mera Kila Rupa, will throw everything at their opponents.
They will compete at the Fiji Open Beach Volleyball Championship from Nov 19-21, Zonal Beach Volleyball Championship from Nov 22-24, and the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championship from Nov 25-27.
“It’s a 10-day event and will really test the strength and fitness of our athletes at the tournament,” Amoa coach-manager Puksie Tore said.
He said that the teams were confident of defending their title against arch rivals and hosts Fiji.
Tore said the players were in good form to take on the opposition.
“This will be a big task but Mea and Kilarupa’s self-belief and combinations will determine the outcome.
“As the coach-manager, I trust the duo to perform to the best of their abilities.”
He said the women’s with duo would need to face the challenge to better their records in the sport.
“This is my debut at the international level as a coach,” Tore said.
PNGVF president Kila Dick acknowledged the PNGOC for assisting the federation with its financial handicap. “This competition is important because this it is a qualifying competition for the Commonwealth Games,” Dick said.
By JACK AMI