PNG Games is a biennial national sporting event that unites the 22 provinces of Papua New Guinea with aim to identify unsung sporting talent.
We at EMTV Online will feature some of the things you would want to know about the Games.
- The concept of the PNG Games was first developed and introduced by the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation in 2003.
- PNG Games was initially known as Grassroots Olympics
- The Games is held every two years and the mission is to promote and develop national unity and provincial pride through participation in sports.
- It is administered by the PNG Games Host Organising Committee and is governed by the PNG Games Charter.
- The 2014 BSP PNG Games Host (Lae City) attracted over 9,000 sports people from 22 Provinces to participate in 28 different sports in 19 different venues.
- PNG Games is a multisport program similar to the Pacific Games.
- The BSP PNG Games 2014 slogan was “Bilong Yumi” because it was all about “Our Games”. The 2014 PNG Games was held in Morobe Province and left a legacy of infrastructure for Lae City and provided pathways in developing their skills towards professionalism.
- The Games also provided the opportunity to expose talents like the Pacific Sprint Queen, Toea Wisil, who was discovered by the PNG Games.
- More than 3,609 female athletes had participated in the 2014 BSP PNG Games, which equates to almost half of the 7,973 athletes who took part in the Games.
- Each edition of the Games attracts more participants, more sponsorship, and importantly, more political support both at the National level and from Provincial governments.
- According to 2014 records, the most popular sports females participated in at PNG Games include Softball, Volleyball, and Netball.
- PNG’s lead broadcaster, EMTV, has successfully televised live 6th PNG Games which was watched by Papua New Guineans across the country.
- Male dominated sports include Athletics, Power & Weight Lifting, Boxing, AFL, Rugby Union 7’s, Rugby League 9’s, Touch Footy, Taekwondo, Karate, Cricket, and Body Building.
- The 2018 PNG Games will be held in the Southern Highlands Province.
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