Avei raises concern over use of Rita Flynn


NETBALL Papua New Guinea president Ulato Avei says the federation is yet to receive a response from the Government on the return of the Rita Flynn facilities which are being used for Coronavirus operations.
She said there had been no competition for their major association — Port Moresby Netball Association — since last year which had affected the federation and the sport in general.
“We have been sending letter after letter for the release of the venue but to date there has been no indication,” Avei told The National yesterday.
“My lawyer is in the process of sending another letter to the National Control Centre.
“We were one of the first sports to be granted approval by the national pandemic response controller to resume our competitions.
“But so far, there has been no sign of us getting back Rita Flynn for our competitions.”
Association president Linda Ligo said: “Hopefully by next year, we’ll have a season, it’s been two years now with no competition.
“I really want the Government to actually give us a chance to have women play. “This is the only women’s sport so we’d like the Government to look into this and give us our venue back.
“This will allow us to get women and girls to return to competitive netball.
“They need to be fair on us, if rugby league is being played and allowed to have spectators, why can’t they allow netball to start its competitions?”