THE Papua New Guinea Sports Federation (PNGSF) will need K2.2 million to attend two international events, the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, this year.
PNGSF secretary-general Sir John Dawanincura said the federation needed K2.1 million to send nine sports to the Commonwealth Games from Oct 3-14 while another K147,225 for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from Aug 14-16.
He said the sports endorsed by justification committee for India were athletics (includes paralympics athletes), boxing, lawn bowls (men and women), squash, tennis, weightlifting, including paralympics in powerlifting, swimming while netball and rugby sevens are subject to confirmation by Commonwealth Games Association.
Sir John said netball and rugby sevens would depend on the outcome of Fiji’s appeal after being thrown out as a member of Commonwealth countries.
He said the athletes selected for the Youth Olympic Games would be more of an invitation by the International Olympic Committee endorsed by PNG Sports Federation.
The names of the selected athletes will be released on Feb 15.
He said the federation would outline details for its international participation at the Singaporean Games in the coming months.
Sir John said the bulk of the money for the two events would come from the National Government grant apart from the annual fundraising drives by PNG Sports Federation – the Prime Minister Corporate Golf challenge and the Trukai Fun Run event.
Apart from the invitation, the PNG Football Association will make an announcement shortly regarding the U15 girls qualifiers for the Olympic Youth Games.