PNG National Sports Institute to host first major athletics event

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea National Sports Institute is preparing to host the first major domestic athletics competition of 2018 on the weekend of June 22 to 24.

Teams from all over the Highland Region as well as Morobe and Madang are expected to travel to Goroka for the PNG Air Highlands-Momase Championships.

A large turnout is expected this year as a result of the Schools Athletics Program being conducted by the institute and recent visits to Jiwaka and Chiimbu by NSI staff accompanied by Toea Wisil and Athletics PNG development officer Dior Lowry.

APNG has three regional championships on its annual calendar of events, with Southern and NGI being scheduled later in the year.

Championship coordinator Philip Kamane urged teams to respect the deadline of June 15 for the submission of entries which will enable the competition to proceed without any delays.

A full range of events will be contested in the Open and U18 divisions and a limited number of Under 16 events.

The Highlands-Momase provides a good test for athletes ahead of the National Championships which will be held in Port Moresby in August.

Athletes who wish to be considered for the 2019 Pacific Games are expected to compete at their respective regional championships as well as the Nationals.

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