The National – Tuesday, June 14, 2011
By JASON GIMA WURI
SPORTS coordination and organisation in Manus have taken a backward step and are currently in chaos compared with other provinces.
This was revealed at the weekend by Manus provincial sports coordinator Jack Nawi Changau in Lorengau.
He said the local level government (LLG) games this month and the provincial games slated for September were delayed and possibly would not eventuate because the LLG managers were not cooperating with his team to attend meetings and other scheduled events.
“We are warning the 12 LLG managers to pull up their socks and get organised to prepare their LLGs.
“This is an appeal from the Manus provincial sports office for all LLG managers to attend meetings regarding the sports annual activity plan for this year.
“Both the LLG and provincial games are an integral part of our preparations that will give us an indication as to what sporting codes will be represented in the PNG Games next year.
“All sporting bodies in Manus are not organised and this is very discouraging to note considering the lead-up to select the teams that for the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo,” Changau said.
He said that the Manus provincial sports office had already prepared the sports annual activity plan for 2011 but it was up to the LLG managers to make it work.
Changau called on all the managers to get organised so that talented youths get a chance to play at the PNG Games.
“None of the 15 sporting codes in Manus that will be represented in next year in Kokopo are affiliated with their national associations, which says we have a lot of work to do to clean up our back yard.
“Currently in Lorengau we have just started soccer, hockey and netball – but netball is the only sport where the women have mobolised and played over this long weekend,” he said.
Nevertheless, Changau was hopeful things would workout irrespective of the challenges faced by his office.
He urged all those involved to cooperate in the programmes outlined in the 2011 sports work plan.