Yesterday, SP Brewery set aside K1 million for the K4 million sponsorship to the Games Organising Committee to support and training of PNG athlete for the upcoming Games in Port Moresby.
SP Brewery general manager Stan Joyce said the sponsorship is unique as part of the money will go towards the elite training of Team PNG players.
“We (SP Brewery) felt that we want to leave a legacy of development of athletes. K1 million of that K4 million will go direct to PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee to prepare the athletes under its elite development programme,” he said.
Joyce said the company’s focus is on PNG athlete. Without athletes, there will be no Games, he said.
“We are focused on athletes and provide them the best, and they will give their best possible shot during the 2015 Pacific Games.”
He also appealled to all stakeholders of the 2015 Pacific Games and every Papua New Guinea to pull together so PNG can deliver the best Games. With the leading support of the major sponsors, Bank South Pacific, PNG must really work and make it fantastic for our visitors.
Joyce said an event of such a high magnitude can put PNG on the world map in a way not seen before.
President of PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee Sir John Dawanincura applauded the initiative taken by SP Brewery to earmark K1 million for elite training for members of the Team PNG team. Sir John said the 22 sports on the 2015 Official Sports Program were tasked to take the lead in their team’s preparation.
“The training is full speed and the teams are now travelling on the road towards their preparation. We are grateful with financial assistance from the government under Go for Gold programme,” he said.
After the Go for Gold for workshop conducted during the year, Sir John said , the national federations involved with the 2015 Pacific Games were given time to prepare budgets for their preparation.
“Overall, we are on target. Confirmation of availability of funds made by government, Team PNG preparation is picking up as per set target by PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee,” he said.
The sports chief said his office is working closely with respective sports in terms of preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games.