By Lorraine Genia – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
The Papua New Guinea Sport Foundation (PNGSF) and the Gulf Provincial Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), making the province the first to do so since the foundation’s establishment in 1992.
The MoU will go a long way towards setting up pathways and creating opportunities for excellence in sports.
As Gulf Provincial Administrator, Marc Avai, explains – the province has for too long been idle in all sporting activities.
“Like any other province, we have some of the finest sportsmen and women. We still don’t have the facilities in the province to develop the talent,” said Avai.
Executive Director of the PNG Sport Foundation, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, says as the governing body of sports in the country, they are duty bound to assist provinces develop each and every component of sport.
Through this MoU the foundation will establish a better working relationship with the Gulf Provincial Government and see the PNGSF provide support for the Gulf Provincial Sport Authority, provide technical assistance in sports policies, sports facility development, sports administration and event management, provide strength and conditioning training for athletes, and up-skill coaches trainers and managers.
Over the course of four years the foundation, through a budgetary appropriation, will allocate funds to honour obligations stated within the agreement.