Victory a news for Central, says Agarobe


Central Governor Robert Agarobe says the victory by Team Central at the 7th PNG Games in Kimbe was overwhelming news for his province.
Team Central won a total of 107 medals — 50 gold, 34 silver and 38 bronze.
The weightlifting plundered 20 gold medals in a commanding performance.
Agarobe, who assumed office five months ago, told the team at a welcome reception at the Central Government headquarters on Sunday that they had exceeded expectation in the margin of victory and commended the athletes, officials and everyone who played a part in the team’s success.
He acknowledged Vitis Industries and Helifix for their sponsorship of the team as well.
Agarobe said when the request was brought to him about helping Team Central to the Games, his primary concern was that his government could not afford to send a large contingent.
However, he resolved to support the team as best he could and was thankful that the decision had borne fruit.
“Thankfully we were able to bring half of the team with support from all open MPs,” Agarobe said.
Meanwhile.East New Britain Governor Nakikus Konga has congratulated Team East New Britain for bagging 27 gold medals, placing them fifth at the 2017 PNG Games in Kimbe, West New Britain.
“Placing fifth out of 16 provinces is exceptionally good and I would like to congratulate Team ENB for doing so well,” Konga said.
Konga said this was despite the fact that ENB only participated in 16 codes.
Team’s chef de mission Nicholas Larme was grateful to Governor Konga, saying the team could not have done it without his support.
“Had it not been for a funding assistance of K250,000 we would not have been able to attend the Games,” Larme said.
Larme, who is also the deputy administrator, said despite the disruption to the team’s preparation due to the various deferrals of the Games, his team prepared well and the result spoke for itself.
He said a review of the team’s performance would be undertaken to performed better in the next Games.
“We will do a post-mortem of our general performance and specific code performances to see where the gaps are and draw up intervention strategies before the next Games.