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17 teams compete in Mamose Regional Youth Games

The Mamose Regional Youth games began in Madang’s Laiwaden Oval yesterday with a total of 17 teams showing up to compete.

With the aim to identify talent from the districts, the PNG Sports Foundation and the National Youth Commission have ventured into organising the regional games.

A trial championship held in Alotau last year produced a successful outcome of the concept which has pushed for the current Mamose games.

The opening ceremony was held yesterday where Huon Gulf MP and Minister for Community Development and Religion Jason Peter officially launched the games.

The sporting codes that will play this week are soccer, rugby touch footy, volleyball and basketball.

Peter expressed joy to see a big number of youths gathered for the regional youth games.

“Youth issues are ever increasing in every society, we cannot avoid it,” he said.

“To address youth issues, we must unite and work together for the Common cause and this includes encouraging youths to participate in SME, sports, sewing, carpentry etc,” he said.

He said the raw talents of youths must be valued and appreciated.

Mr Peter said the Mamose Regional Youth Games was a platform created by the ministry in partnership with the PNG Sports Foundation.

It’s purpose is to mobilise rural youths and create sporting opportunities ín the mainstream arena. It was also aimed to promote regional unity and connectivity amongst youths.

“Nowadays, anti-social behaviours like drugs, homebrew, violence, etc are threatening the youth population,” Peter said.

“We need to stay away from those bad activities by engaging in sports and make it part of life.”