the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, an official saysA proud
Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko said that while addressing Team PNG during
the welcome reception in Port Moresby, on Saturday night.
Tkatchenko made an assessment of Team PNG’s participation in Scotland where he personally
represented the national government at the meet. During his visit, he visited all sporting venues to cheer our athletes.
“We were rated 16th, creating history. We are looking forward to flogging our Pacific Islanders when we
host next year’s Pacific Games,” Tkatchenko said. He said PNG was looking good for the Pacific Games and the country could expect top results. “We are pretty good and remember at home ground next year, we look to beating our Pacific Islanders fair and square,” Tkatchenko said.He said if PNG won on
merit at the Glasgow Games, then sports next year would continue to bring us national pride.
He said it was a privilege and honour to witness some of our top athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
“It was a wonderful feeling and they gave their best and I am confident we are going to go for gold in 2015,” Tkatchenko said.
He spoke highly of young athletes who did their best at the Commonwealth Games.
Many athletes did personal bests at the games, while sprinter Toua Wisil reached the semi-finals of the 100 and 200 metres, which stands as a record for Papua New Guinea. Chef-de-Mission Emma Waiwai
reiterated Tkatchenko’s reaction, adding PNG was on track. mTkatchenko
farewelled Team PNG to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. The team leaves today.