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June 28, 2022
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PNG Athletes Asked Not To Use UPNG Facilities

PNG Track and Field athletes were told by the University of PNG, not to use its facility for their training.


This has forced our athletes to resort to using the Jack Pidik Park.

It is understood, the Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, is looking into the matter.

The Sports ovals of the University of PNG are occasionally used by the public for sporting events.


PNG athletes have also been using this field for their track and field events in preparation for the Pacific games, before been told to leave.


Athletes are now left stranded and have to find their own training facilities.


With the Pacific Games coming up and the construction taking place for all sports venues, it has been a difficult journey for athletes, who are making use of what they can find.


Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko is working hard to find a place suitable for the athletes. He also said people need to work together in supporting our athletes


This is currently where our field and track athletes are training for their upcoming events, and in the lead up to the Pacific Games, after being told by the University of Papua New Guinea not to use their facilities.


Sport minister Justin Tkatchenko, has written a letter to the University of PNG, and this will go into negotiations this week, so that our athletes are accommodated to train for the games.


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