PNG athletics union avoided the Toea issue when prodded, instead opting to focus on their up and coming, new talents led by Leonie Beu, the evolving young star likely to replace Wisil.
At 31, Wisil, long regarded as the fastest women in the Pacific and Oceania, is being shunted into the 9th lane for the Samoa games.
“She is probably the second fastest in the Pacific in both the 100m and 400m so we are looking at Leonie to come through well at the games.”
He said experienced athletes who still aim to be part of the team include Mowen Boino who won the gold during the 2015 Pacific Games making it his fourth consecutive gold medal in the 400 m hurdles.
“He (Boino) is still there and hoping to make the team again. He will be 40 years old in December including Sapolai Yao who is 37 years old so we got a couple of experience there,” said Green.
Asked if who would take up the PNG sprint queen legacy forward, Green admits He said they have a good mix number of experience athletes and some very good new comers to participate at the Pacific Games this year. Green said they were unable to announce the full team as yet but rather await the PNG Olympics Committee justification process to screen athletes vying for a spot in Team PNG athletics for the 2019 Samoa Pacific games.
“We are expecting to have a team of around 50 athletes, probably 20 girls and 30 male athletes.”
Green said their original plan was to take the full team to the Ocean regional championship (Townsville, Australia at the end of June) and then to Samoa.
“Currently I think we have around 30 athletes training at National Sports Institute. Justification committee is a subcommittee of the PNG OC they screen selections from each sports and want to make sure athletes qualify, right standards and we just have to justify each athlete. Post Courier/PGames