by Skola Sengi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Come July, the region’s rich and diverse culture will converge on our doorsteps to participate in the Pacific Games.
Eight hundred of our athletes will become ambassadors on respective missions during the two weeks of competition. They will be the faces, stories and memories of the Games, reliving some of our greatest sports moments as did in 1991.
The Pacific Games will be the ultimate avenue to witness emerging sports heroes and legends.
The nation’s capital of Port Moresby is seeing a boom in sports infrastructure, with the upgrade of existing facilities underway to capacitate the standard of competition.
Sports is now recognised as a tool for development and the country will embark on engaging in sports diplomacy away from traditional diplomatic, political and socioeconomic areas.
Despite limited funding over the years, our athletes and sports bodies have established sports relations within the region and around the world.
These relations have seen our athletes sent as sports visitors to participate in specialised training and clinics overseas.
Sports diplomacy will now be an avenue for more athletes to exchange, further strengthen relations and develop a bridge between individual struggle and the ambitions of growing nations.