IPF President Calls for Inclusion of Pacific Island Countries

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By Godwin Eki – EMTV Sports, Port Moresby

President of the International Powerlifting Federation, Robert Keller, said future Oceania championships will see an increase in the number of Pacific Island countries in the competition.

The inclusion will not only involve attending championships but also creating international referees, especially from the Pacific Island nations, to merge with countries like New Zealand and Australia.

The recent Oceania Powerlifting Championship in Gold Coast Australia, witnessed seven Pacific Island Countries competing.

These countries were, PNG, Fiji, Niue, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Island, and Nauru.

President Keller was pleased to see an increase of Pacific Island Countries at the event, saying that it is now moving in the right direction, especially after recent administrative changes.

He says IPF’s plan is to work alongside island nations so that they too can have a representation at every international event.

PNG will host the next Oceania Powerlifting Championships in 2020.

Godwin Eki

has been a Sports Reporter since he started work with Media Niugini Limited in 2013, under News and Production. Coming from a background in Nursing and Paramedics from Queensland, Australia, he finds it interesting covering sports from the community level right through to the regional level. Hoping to one day tap into reporting on PNG politics, economics, environmental issues and other challenges Papua New Guineans face, he’s also covered stories on a variety of topics other than sports. His philosophy is: Believe, Act and Pursue.

Godwin Eki