Port Moresby netball eyeing stringent Covid-19 measures


NETBALL competitions in Port Moresby this year should expect stringent processes before starting competition under the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, an official says.
Netball Papua New Guinea secretary and director for operations Kori Toua-Navuru told The National yesterday that it was a critical time for sports, however, compliance to the Covid-19 Niupela Pasin measures was important.
She added that the loss of the Rita Flynn netball courts saw only one other option for venues for town competitions while village competitions would be monitored closely for compliance.
“It’s a critical situation right now with Covid-19 and like most things happening in sports today, we need the proper approval from the national control centre and the PNG Sports Foundation before we can start our competitions,” she said.
“The only venues we have available (for town competitions) are the outdoor and indoor courts at the Sir John Guise Stadium but again that will be subject to the approval from the Sports Foundation.
“The same will apply to our other affiliated competitions in the city like the Motu-Koita West and Motu-Koita South that run in villages in the city and they must receive the approval before they start.
“Respective competitions not only Port Moresby but around the country are aware of this and they should be prepared with their Covid-19 protocols.
“Netball has been badly affected by this pandemic for the past two years but it will be up to how we manage our competitions this year,” Toua-Navuru said.
Meanwhile, Netball PNG will be making an official announcement next week on its newly appointed chief executive officer and sports development officer who will be assisting with the roll out of their activities and programmes this year.