Permission given

SAPORRO – Athletes from Oceania will officially be allowed to take part at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo next year after the Organising Committee for the event approved their participation, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced. The OCA gave a proposal from Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates the green light at their general assembly in Danang last month but Sapporo 2017 had the final say on whether they would be able to compete.

Sports fund

PORT MORESBY – New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, Tony Fautua, says he will push for his Government to include PNG in its sports funding programs in the Pacific.

During the launching of the Jonah Lomu Cup in Port Moresby, Fautua said he will make strong representation for PNG to be included in the NZ$10 million (K20 million) Pacific Sports Partnership Program (PSP).

The PSP is focused on the development of rugby and netball in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Gold for Luniarra

PENANG – It’s gold again for Samoa, as an elated president of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork has reported from the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia.

Despite fielding a small group of new, young lifters because of the cost factor, Tuaopepe was pleased with the results.

Samoa’s Luniarra Sipaia won the gold medal in the female 75+kg division. The silver went to Jade Fassina of Australia and the bronze to Shalinee Valaydon of Mauritius.

Hunt for talents

PORT MORESBY – The Papua New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum is still on the hunt for prospective talents for next year’s Queensland Rugby League Intrust Super Cup.

Marum will accompany PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka to witness the grand finals in Minj and Madang over the weekend. Tsaka said they would witness the finals in Jiwaka tomorrow and at Madang on Sunday.

Kimbe on track

KIMBE – The new all-weather athletics track in Kimbe, West New Britain, which will be the main venue for the PNG Games in March, is nearing completion with just the finishing touches to add.

The synthetic running surface was laid this week and now just needs the finishing coat and line markings.

PNG sets aim

PORT MORESBY – The Special Olympics Papua New Guinea is planning to attend major international events in the future.

These include the Pacific Special Games and the Special Olympics Unified Football World Cup.

Sheehan’s gold

BRISBANE – Georgia Sheehan delivered home gold on the final day of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Diving Grand Prix in Gold Coast.

The 17-year-old Australian from Brisbane was hoping to earn her maiden Grand Prix title at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, having been given time off her school exams to compete at the event.

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