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PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA- APRIL 19, 2021 (THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS): The Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF) has asked permission for 16 sports to start training following an extension on the ban on all sports in the country.

PNGSF pandemic management committee chairman Dr Kapua Kapua said the permission was for sports with athletes involved in Olympics, national leagues and representative duties.

The request covers athletics, boxing, powerlifting, rugby union (women’s sevens), sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting (Olympics), cricket, golf, professional boxing (representative duties) football (Women’s National Soccer League) and rugby league (Digicel Cup).

“We have submitted our request to the controller to allow those as per the list to restart training and we are confident that this will be granted soon,” he told The National.

“We can’t get them to start until we get permission and as such, we stand with and await the directives of the controller upon advice from the Health Department and it partners on what we can and can not do.

“It is unlike conventional times when we would be doing our business without interference.

“But under the Pandemic Act, we are bound by law to comply.

“In the end, decisions are being made to protect the greater community from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“PNGSF will comply with the directives and encourage the sporting community to be patient and thoughtful of those who have suffered great loss to the disease.”

Meanwhile, Dr Kapua said PNGSF had approved the Covid-19 protocols of 27 federations which would be used once the controller had given directives for sports to resume.

These federations are AFL, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, boxing, cricket, soccer, golf, gymnastics, hockey, National Capital District Dart Association, netball, American football, Port Moresby softball, powerlifting, professional boxing and Oceania Fight Promotions, rugby league, rugby union, swimming, table tennis, tennis, touch, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting…..PACNEWS


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