Team Central will be sending an additional 11 sporting codes to participate in this year’s PNG Games.
The team’s Sport Manager, Henry Kavana made this announcement in Port Moresby when giving an update on the teams’ preparations towards the national games.
Kavana said over six hundred and forty athletes including officials are confirmed to travel to Lae for the games.
“The additional sporting codes include swimming, canoeing, table tennis, ALF, squash and snooker”, said Kavana.
This is the biggest contingent the province will be sending compared to the 2012 Kokopo and 2010 Port Moresby games.
But with a huge group travelling, the team needs a total of K1.4 to K1.5 million for transportation costs.
With just 81 days to go and slowly local MPs are providing the much needed financial assistance.
Representing the Rigo MP, Ano Pala the Assistant First Secretary, Api Leka honoured his pledge and presented a K100 000 cheque from the Rigo District Improvement Program Funds to Team Central’s Chairman, Edward Kila to support the team.
The money is seen as an investment into the Sport sector and the sponsors will be expecting great results.
The team also received K100 000 also from the DSIP Funds from the Kairuku Hiri and Abau MPs and K200 000 from the Central Governor, Kila Hoada.
From the money given by the Governor, a committee was put in place to organise and manage the team’s travel and preparations towards the games.
The past PNG Games have helped exposed many athletes from Central and the team is aiming to collect Gold Medals from Volley and Cricket in this November games.
Two medically trained doctors will be also be accompanying the team.
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