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Team PNG Farewell Ceremony

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Current weightlifting Junior and Senior Commonwealth Champion in the 94 kilogram division, Steven Kari, will lead Team PNG in the opening ceremony.

Kari was announced as the flag bearer for a 140-strong Team PNG Contingent who will be traveling to Glasgow tomorrow.


The official farewell ceremony was held yesterday.


It is just one sleep away before our Team departs our shores for the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland; and already determination and passion were shown by the athletes at the farewell ceremony held yesterday afternoon at Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.   


Proudly dressed in national colors, our athletes were told to embrace the event with pride, dignity, courage and most of all, to exceed expectations.


The athletes took to the parade of various uniforms that will be worn at the Games.


The humble team managers who will be working side by side with Chef de mission, Emma Waiwai, were introduced while they promised to give their best support to the Team right to the last minute of the games. 


Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, bid the team farewell, with a note of encouragement and challenged them to do PNG proud.


Mr Tkatchenko is also the proud parent of a travelling athlete. 


The 2015 Pacific Games Chef de mission, Richard Kassman, told the athletes and officials to use this event to gauge their preparation for the 2015 Games.


Among the athletes were our trio of power lifters, Timothy Harabe, Ziggy Satkurin and Pope Gazawe, who recently took part in the World Powerlifting Championships in Dubai.


This will be perfect preparation for them to the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games. PNG will be competing in 10 sports, including Para athletics.


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