TEAM NCD athletes who will be competing at the 4th PNG Games starting tomorrow threatened to walk out of camp at the University of PNG campus yesterday if the team management fails to improve their meals.
Sources who wished to remain anonymous told The National yesterday that they had not had decent meals since going into camp on Sunday.
They had four slices of bread with a sausage sliced in half for dinner on Sunday night. The following day, they had bread and went without lunch.
However, in the evening they had rice, tinned fish and water cress for dinner.
“How can we win medals if we don’t eat properly?” asked one athlete.
Team sports like rugby, soccer, hockey, and others need to eat properly to perform well at the training and in their respective events.
They also claimed that boxing, kickboxing and weightlifting have to watch what they eat.
The builders, especially, need a specific diet while the others are claiming they were dehydrated and needed a specific diet.
“We are the hosts. We are not traveling out so all that money should be spent on food and drinks for the teams,” another athlete said.
However, the Team NCDC general team manager John Boino brushed aside the claims.
Boino clarified that it the NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s instructions for the Team NCD to move into camp.
He said whatever was provided for during the last few days were not budgeted for until the games start on Thursday.
The management has been looking at the full strength of the team and find alternatives on how well they can feed the athletes.
Boino added that the problem regarding meals had been resolved and every athletes should be content with the meals they were having.
They are also looking at ways to manage the funds properly to keep the athletes in camp for two weeks.