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PORT MORESBY – The PNG Government through the Office of Sports Ministry is committed to supporting Tonga in hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko made this known in response to a media statement addressed by Organisers of the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga, highlighting the fact that there is no sign of fulfillment of a promise made by Papua New Guinea to help refurbish the Teufaiva National Stadium.

Vanuatu to still host

SUVA – Despite the appropriation of the Vanuatu 2017 budget by Parliament in June, funds have not been transferred to the Games Committee on regular and timely basis.

This is placing a risk on the ability of Vanuatu 2017 to successfully organise the Games.

However, Vanuatu has reaffirmed it’s status as hosts.

Back to drawing board

APIA – If you think being a goal keeper is easy, say that to six foot three, All White Goal Keeper, James Bannatyne.

Bannatyne is conducting an intensive four-day Goal Keeping Coaching Course with the Football Federation Samoa (FFS). Twenty five goalkeepers and coaches from throughout Samoa and American Samoa are participating in the course to improve their performance, technique, and plan and prepare technical practices. Bannatyne is no stranger to Samoa, having hosted courses like this. He is excited to see many familiar faces that have attended his workshops before and also the progress that they have made.

Beaumont makes plea

TOKYO – World Cup in a bid to ensure “strong and sustainable” benefits of the tournament are felt across the country.

Beaumont, who became head of the global governing body in May as the replacement for Bernard Lapasset, made the call during a keynote speech at the World Forum on Sport and Culture here today. The Englishman also believes Japan hosting the competition will “ignite” the nation’s passion for the sport.

Development grants

LAUSANNE – The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Active Society Commission has announced the winners of development grants that will go to organisations running “effective sport for all programs” in their communities.

The development grants were created by the Commission to achieve its mission of “encouraging people everywhere to participate in regular physical activity and to promote the health and social benefits of sport”.

President vows

TOKYO – Tokyo 2020 President Yoshir Mori has vowed to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games Torch Relay visits a number of disaster-hit areas across Japan.

Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, also hinted that the Olympic Cauldron from the Games in the capital city may find its final resting place in a region hit by tragedy during a keynote speech at the World Forum on Sport and Culture here today.

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