Athletes continue training despite suspension of games


NATIONAL athletes are continuing their training despite the suspension of most international meets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Athletics PNG President Tony Green.
He told The National yesterday that the athletes were now focused on the national championships in December.
“There won’t be any Oceania events this year,” Green said.
“So until there’s an announcement for a meet, most of our athletes will just be in training.
“We’ve got our national championships in December so most of the athletes are now preparing for the event.
“There’s a big group of national athletes in training but we have a good number of them in Port Moresby, some overseas and the rest spread around the country.”
Several of the Port Moresby-based athletes are training under coach and former national sprinter Nelson Stone.
They had some time trials last weekend with Leroy Kamau, the standout performer, clocking exceptionally fast times in the 150m and 300m sprints.
Green said the New Guinea Islands (NGI) championships would be held in Kokopo, East New Britain (ENB), next week and the West New Britain (WNB) championships would be held in Kimbe from Nov 14-15.
“Most provincial governments (in NGI) have stopped all school sports for the year due to the pandemic so we’re not expecting a big turnout from ENB,” he said.
“However, there will be a New Ireland team led by Subul Babo, a separate side from Lihir, and a group of 40 athletes from WNB.
The NGI championships follow the Highlands-Mamose championships which were held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, earlier this month.
The Highlands-Mamose championships were the country’s first major athletics event for the year, with teams from Morobe, Chimbu and East Sepik competing at the National Sports Institute.

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