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Community Sports To Identify Hidden Talents

The PNG Government views sports as a developing tool, and wants to involve people in all walks of life, to participate in any sporting code.

And they will go as far as engaging government departments, to set the pace to bring forward the idea.


The 2015 Pacific Games is fast approaching, with less than 400 days to go before 22 Pacific Island nations hit our shores.


The Government, through the Go for Gold, Grassroots to Gold and Sports Enhancement program, has been funding different sporting codes, aiming at identifying unsung talents, potential 2015 athletes, and is pushing forward for healthy lifestyles in the community.  


Yesterday, the Sports Ministry chipped in K50, 000, to support the Police and Emergency Games in Melbourne, Australia.


The tournament kicked off on Monday with more than a hundred sporting codes played, in which PNG is taking part in netball and basketball only. 


Minister Tkatchenko, says K20 million was used last year in the sports enhancement program, and K10 million was allocated for this year.


He says coming on board to support the PNG Royal Constabulary is a way forward to involve disciplinary forces to engage with the community through sports, and sets a positive pathway for community policing. 


Meanwhile, on the same occasion, a cheque of K30, 000 was handed over to Sohe MP, and Minister for Higher Education, Delilah Gore.


The money will be put to good use, enhancing sports development in her area, and bring together youths away from illegal activities.

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