THE PNG Games received a timely US$30,000 grant from the International Olympic Committee and the Oceania National Olympic Committee, a little over two weeks ahead of the event.
Of the total, US$20,000 is a National Games grant to National Olympic Committees, the PNGSFOC in this case, from ONOC under the Olympic Solidarity Programme, and the US$10,000 given under the IOC Sports For All Commission, granting patronage to the PNG Games.
The funding acquired will go towards the preparation expenses for the games technical officials, and should be driving motivation for the team off the field.
PNGSFOC secretary general Sir John Dawanincura stated at a press conference yesterday the paramount importance of proper preparation of officials, and that the task was huge.
Sir John added that the involvement of IOC was to ensure promotion of the its ideals and for the development of sports as a whole.
PNG Sports Foundation executive director Iamo Launa was grateful to IOC for the “perfect timing”, support as PNG prepares to unleash the next generation of athletes, who will be unearthed and developed to represent the country.
Also present to formalise the partnership was PNG Games Council chairman Idris Kumbrwa.
The partnership was signed by all parties, as partners in their continued involvement in sports.
The PNG Games starts on Nov 19 and ends Nov 28 in Port Moresby with an estimated 5,000 plus athletes competing in 18 sports including track and field.