President Moses Tolingling, pictured, said there were two development squads – men and women and including the Under-15 development squad.
Tolingling said this was in line with PNG’s preparations for the 2015 Pacific Games and beyond.
The teams will be trimmed to 10 men and 10 women and they will undergo international programmes, apart from PNG’s training programmes.
The international programmes include the 2014 Oceania Cup in Bendigo, Melbourne, Australia, in April, the Junior Cadet Challenge in the Cook Islands in May, and the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, in July.
Tolingling said the players were selected from the December 2012 tournament and the recent one held at the Filipino Hall, Port Moresby.
The two overseas-based players (Vagi Stevens and Omsy Bernard) will be monitored through their respective coaches’ reports.
In other table tennis related news, table tennis has been included as one of the sports at the PNG Games in Lae, Morobe Province next year.
“This is a big boost for table tennis and Table Tennis PNG would like to express our sincere appreciation to the PNG Games Council for endorsing the sport at our National Games,” he said.
He said the inclusion of table tennis would really help our objectives in terms of preparing our team for PNG Games and also beyond the Games leading into the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
Men’s squad: Geoffrey TR Loi, Jackson Kariko, David AR Lli, Arun Rao, Gasika Sepa, Doura Leo, Agari Agari, Arua Willie, Bobby Trudi, Iubu Vagi, Nau Tolana, Willie Baru, Arua Morea, Brian Gavera, Hila Frank, Boe Mea, Vagi Stevens (overseas) and Omsy Bernard (overseas)
Women’s squad: Samantha RL Loi, Maryanne Hane, Geru Lohia, Eileen Tongia, Idau Chris, Treena Kuboka, Loma Chris, Leah Taru, Tausala Lahui, Dia Morea, Idau Lahui, Gagina Mape (12)
Under 15 Development Squad: Male – Boe Uru, Neil Robert, Sepa Mea, Gado Aua, Nao Agari, Tau Bogana, Maimu Raka-Nou, Ian R Loi, Mea Sereva, Sema Rea Female: Bridgette Mavaru, Elizabeth Dairi, Morea Lawrence, Ranuinu Regione, Boge Jack, Bau Ako, Segena Willie, Luluan Oneau, Malean Pokowas.