The National, Thursday July 25th, 2013
By KYMLIE KARANI
WITH the Mini Pacific Games just a month away, Team PNG has biven a boost from the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) to help with preparations for their meet in Wallis & Futuna.
A presentation of K200,000 was made by Acting CEO of NGCB Imelda Agon who handed over a dummy cheque to PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) secretary-general Auvita Rapilla during a press conference yesterday at the PNGOC boardroom at the Sir John Guise Indoor complex in Port Moresby.
Upon presenting the cheque, Agon wished the team every success and encouraged them to do PNG proud at the games.
“NGCB is more than happy to support Team PNG at the Mini Pacific Games and we hope that this contribution will help our athletes performance and success in Wallis & Futuna,” Agon added.
“We are proud to assist sports because we belive that sports bring people together and breaks down barriers. It’ll brings our athletes to compete at another level to prepare for the 2015 Pacific Games”
Rapilla extended her thanks to NGCB and said that the sponsorship was timely as PNGOC and general team management led by Chef de Mission Richard Kassman was finalising arrangements for the team’s travel.
“It will cost K2.8 million to send the full contingent to the Mini Games and we are very grateful to NGCB who is also the platinum sponsor of PNGOC for their contribution,” Rapilla said.
As close of entries last Friday, PNGOC now confirms that a total of 195 (148 athletes and 47 officials) including the general team management and medical team, will attend the Mini Pacific Games to participate in all eight sports.
Rapilla also stressed that the Mini Pacific Games would be the only opportunity for the eight sports on the programme to gauge their level of performance against the rest of the Pacific before the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
In addition to the Team PNG contingent, 19 technical officials have been accepted by Wallis & Futuna to officiate at the event.