Deferrals put Team Oro in awkward place


ONE province is unsure if they should prepare for the 8th PNG Games, a sports official says.
Oro sports adviser John Inga said the deferral of the games several times over the last two years had seen their preparations halted.
“We have selected our team to participate in 12 different sporting codes and were well ahead with trainings,” he said.
“However, due to another deferral last year, based on reasons beyond our control, all our preparations came to a halt.”
Inga said the management would have to re-mobilise the team selected last year or select a new team.
“This decision will depend entirely on the availability of our athletes and their focus because two deferrals so far has forced most of them to focus on other things rather than sports.”
He told The National that funding would be a challenge if the games were to eventuate this year as with the previous selections, a team of 400 was selected which consisted of athletes and officials.
“A big team like that would cost lot of money to manage,” Inga said.
He added that he would meet with team manager Roy Heni to find the best way to get the team organised and back into sporting mode.
Another major challenge he emphasised was the Coronavirus restrictions which prevented them from conducting fundraising activities.
He said that although a submission had been put forth to the provincial governments seeking funding, they had not received a favourable response.