The National, Thursday, April 28, 2011
By HENRY MORABANG
NATIONAL Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, is calling for partnership with stakeholders to take sports to another level.
NSI acting director Janet Gimot challenged all national sports federations to use the facilities in Goroka to host their training camps, courses and host championships.
She was speaking during the closing ceremony of the 36th National Gaming Control Board softball championships on Monday.
She commended the PNG Softball Federation for selecting NSI as the venue for the championships.
“We want to see more partnership with national sports federations to work together for one common goal to raise the standard of sports,” she said.
Former PNG softball pitcher Isimel Marnapal reiterated Gimot’s call to make use of the facilities at the institute.
With the 2015 Pacific Games coming up, the Madang-based hurler said the call was timely as PNG’s prepared for the games.Marnapal recalled that the institute was the hub of sporting camps in 1991 for various sports preparing for the games which led to PNG doing well.
Port Moresby and Lae were the venues for the 1991 South Pacific Games.
He also said the PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF) and the PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee (PNGSFNOC) should secure funds to support sporting camps for 2015 Pacific Games.
The Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) through Operation Gold programme provided necessary funds to prepare PNG athletes at home and abroad for the 1991 SP Games in PNG.