Stadium mulled as temporary venue for netball


The Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF) is considering Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium Indoor Complex as a temporary venue for netball activities and programmes.
PNGSF executive director Peter Tsiamalili Jr said on Tuesday that the status of the Rita Flynn Indoor Complex — where the Port Moresby Netball Association holds its matches — as a Covid-19 isolation centre would be reviewed.
”We’re considering that netball will be played here at the Sir John Guise Stadium Indoor Complex but we’ll have to talk about that,” he said.
“Netball is very big because they’ve got seniors right down to juniors.
“I guess we will know from the state of emergency (SOE) controller as this is a national issue.
“We will ask the SOE controller on when exactly we can phase back into having stakeholders return.
“This is something that we all have to work on. Our hands are tied because this is a national issue and we’ll have to manage it.”
He said sporting venues in Port Moresby such as the Bisini Precinct and the Sir John Guise Stadium were going to be closely monitored and brought up to the standard set by the health authorities.
Netball PNG executive Iamo Launa raised concern over the Rita Flynn Court Indoor as the facilities were vital to the country’s netball programmes and events.
“It’s going to affect netball for the whole year as we also have international events coming up so these are lessons learnt,” she said.
“In future, they (Government) should consider other venues rather than netball facilities because once they lift the SOE, netball is still going to suffer because that’s the only facility we have in Port Moresby and the biggest in the country.”

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