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Athletics PNG: Athletes will deliver

Dominating the tracks and field athletics events at the upcoming Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands is what Athletics PNG remains optimistic that athletes can deliver.

But the big task ahead is how well the athletes can match up against the Australian invitational and emerging athletes.

Athletics PNG president Tony Green says they are the best pacific island nation at the games despite not getting much support.

“We are confident of performing at the same level as 2019 and being the best Pacific Island nation at the Games, despite the continuing lack of investment in our sport.”

“However, the big unknown is Australia who surprised everyone in 2019 by sending a small but high-quality team.

“In 2019 they took four gold medals that we expected to win and if they send a strong team this year that will not be good news for any of the Pacific Island nations,” says Green.

With regards to the final squad to attend the Games, Green says they have already advised PNG Olympic Committee as of yesterday morning.

He says overseas based athletes will meet up with the rest of the Athletics PNG athletes in Honiara.

The levy fees being imposed to travel and be part of Team PNG is also another concern as stated by Green.

“Most of our athletes are under our programs in full time training and not working so we know they don’t have access to money like this.

“It’s a challenge for us when we are struggling to fund the team’s preparation for the Games but we are seeking funding to meet the levies.

Hopefully the Government will meet its commitment to the Games and enable PNGOC to waive the levy fees,” said Green.