Embrace facilities, says Bai


Former rugby league star Marcus Bai urged people of West New Britain to embrace the newly-built sporting facilities for the betterment of sport in the province.
Bai was commenting on the legacy the 2017 PNG Games would leave behind in terms of facilities.
He said the Sasindran Muthuvel Stadium was world class and met international standards.
“I am honoured and privileged to be here. There was uncertainty over the stadium and it finally arrived for us to host the Games. The Games itself was a success for the province but united everyone,” he said.
The former Melbourne Storm winger said everyone must commend those involved in putting the stadium and the San Remo sports precinct together.
The Gold Coast-based PNG man said he has put his hand up to assist in promoting West New Britain, be it in tourism, sports or anything else.
He said the facilities were for young men and women and it is up to them to stand up and look after.
“The biggest question for us is, what are the people of WNB going to do and maintain them?” he said.
The facilities are done. The biggest challenge for us is to maintain the stadium.
“I have put up my hand to come and inspire young men from West New Britain.” Bai said his dream was to go back to his village and province to inspire the young boys with his sporting profile.
“It is not easy, it is hard work and if they put their mind and spirit in it, they can achieve it,” he said.
“Take a look at PNG Hunters player Justin Olam who came from a village league into Lae Snax Tigers and then made into Melbourne Storm feeder club.
“I have informed the provincial government through the office of Governor Sasindran Muthuvel that I am available if they need my expertise.”
The former PNG Kumul winger said he was happy to go his own way to help promote sports in Kimbe.
“Well, I can help and give me a call if you need me. I will be happy to help you in some ways,” he said.
Bai urged the young people of West New Britain to live their dreams.