PNG Minister for Sports Don Polye in a press conference today said the ousting of the PNG rugby nines team in the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands is because of negligence of complying to the PNGOC Justification Committee requirement of the code and the Pacific Games committee.
Minister Polye said the PNG rugby nines team and PNG rugby football League team did not meet the requirements.
“The rugby nines team did not fulfil the Justification Committee requirements by set deadlines, which includes; the submission of a signed selection policy, the teams final squad list and they did not participate in the two mandatory screening and fitness test” Said Polye.
Minister Polye upon consultation with relevant sporting codes, stakeholders and other governing bodies in the sports fraternity decided not to allow the PNG rugby 9s team to participate in the pacific games these year in Solomon Islands.
Polye revealed that the PNG Rugby Football League has not complied with PNGOC JC where all sports and sporting codes including rugby league were required to go through.
The team appealed and the case was heard in the Sports Disputed Tribunal (SDT) but the decision was even over-ruled by the tribunal, standing on the JC’s decision.
PNGOC General Secretary Auvita Rapila advised the team to appeal to the international Court of Arbitrations as per the Olympic Games guidelines and policies but the team refused to proceed.
Meanwhile the Sports Minister also made known today(11.09.2023) that he will be observing similar behaviour in all other sports and he will not overlook such slackness, substandard work practices, ill-discipline and lack of focus of being compliant.
The Minister added that he will also be briefed soon on the updates of other sports (Judo & sailing) that were also ousted to participate in the upcoming Pacific Games in Solomon in November this year.
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