By ISAAC LIRI
Papua New Guinean athletes are making waves while competing at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Judy Moi created history by becoming the first PNG athlete living with a disability to win gold at the event, which is being attending by athletes from 194 countries.
Moi, pictured, won gold in the shot put female division five.
Special Olympics PNG (SOPNG)Takale Tuna described the achievement as a milestone after Francis Kompaon’s silver at the Beijing Paralympics.
Moi won silver at the Special Olympics World Games in 2015 in Los Angeles, United States.
Grace Dindillo won silver in the female division 12 and Jason Jubille bagged bronze in the male division 12.
“Judy’s gold medal win is a great achievement for SOPNG and its mission in PNG, as it will inspire more people with intellectual disabilities, including all other people living with disabilities, to come out of the shadows and access opportunities and benefits in society using sports as a tool,” Tuna told The National from Abu Dhabi.
In other results the PNG seven-a-side football team beat Luxembourg 4-0 on Friday (PNG time).
The side, coached by Willie Vaira and captained by Josiah Bunaga, were convincing in attack.
Bunaga scored all the goals, bringing his tally to seven for the games.
The team play St Vincent and Grenada this week for a chance to take on Hong Kong for gold.
PNG athletes are competing at the games in three different codes — bocce, athletics and seven-a-side football.
By ISAAC LIRI