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Governor General Sir Bob Dadae: Collaboration with Other Nations Provides Opportunity for Sports

Image: Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae addressing members of the Carbine International Congress at a reception at Government House yesterday evening.

At the opening evening of the 2018 Carbine International Congress (CIC) in Port Moresby (MAY 16), the Governor General, Bob Dadae, said he was pleased PNG was chosen for the Congress.

He also said it was impressive to see that the program included visits to important sacred sites of World War 2 historical landmarks as well as an immersion in local culture and sporting events of this young and vibrant nation.

“The relationship between Carbine PNG and the Office of the Governor General goes all the way back to 1991 where at the Inaugural Carbine PNG Lunch, the then Governor General the late Sir Serei Eri, presided as Patron of the event which hosted His Royal Highness The Duke of York as special Guest. Since then, I am pleased to see that the Carbine Club of PNG has continued its fine tradition of hosting lunches and functions to raise the profile of Sports in PNG.”

“Sports play a major role in the lives of people of Papua New Guinea. Throughout this land of 7.5 million people with over 600 different languages and cultures, it is sport that unifies the nation in a way no other activity does.”

The Governor General acknowledged the role of the Private Sector in supporting sporting activities through funding and sponsorship necessary to make these events a reality. He highlighted the importance of establishing a good network of business people and individuals in staging sports events in the world.

“I would encourage you whilst in Papua New Guinea to discuss with each other how to increase the level of collaboration between Papua New Guinea and other nations to increase the opportunities for our young athletes to improve themselves. We are not asking for handouts, but opportunities for young people to participate in more sporting fixtures in neighboring countries to improve that competitiveness.”


The Carbine Club was established in PNG in 1990. It is a luncheon and networking club, its membership having a strong connection with sports.  Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1961, the Club has its sister clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, London, Vanuatu and PNG.  Words/photos – Government House.

Source:  Office of the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae



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