By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
FIFA Vice President, David Chung, officially announced today that PNG will be hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2016.
Sixteen nations will be participating in this highly competitive event. This adds to a number of big events that PNG will host in the coming years.
It is first of its kind for women in PNG to participate in the under 20 FIFA Women’s World Cup next year in November.
The government has proposed Port Moresby, Lae and Kokopo to be the host locations.
However, this is not confirmed, as a team from FIFA will be coming to PNG to do feasibility studies in other provinces to select the right venues.
As this is a highly competitive event, the government is proposing a K10 million fund to assist FIFA.
A further K2 million will be taken out from the Community Development fund to train the national team in preparation for the games.
The government is now trying to incorporate Sport in its development agenda and use it as a tool for community development.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill says the sporting infrastructures built for the Pacific games can be seen as an economic spin-off.
Meanwhile, Mr Chung said the girls who are selected to participate in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, will have to skip school for the whole year, and prepare for the gam