The competition will double as an Oceania–level trial for the country’s elite junior and senior lifters.
Stars Dika Toua and Steven Kari will chalk up for another round of lifts and the possibility of new national records being set is good.
Weightlifting president Sir John Dawanincura said the second trial was to monitor the progress of their athletes training at the centre.
Sir John said the federation wanted to select the best team for the Games and the trial would see the best of the best rise up four months out from the Games.
“If we analyse the results of the trial and see that some of our athletes are performing below the minimum standards, then we would set strategies for them to improve on their performances,” Dawanincura said. He said after the trial, they would liaise with the athletes and go through their assessment so they knew where each lifter stood and what he or she needed to do to reach their peak.
The national weightlifting squad has 25 athletes and would be trimmed to 21 heading into the Games. Dawanincura said a further two lifters would be culled. The 19 athletes would then be screened by the Justification Committee.
He said the athletes would then take part in several lead-up competitions before a final squad of 15 was selected for the Games. The 15-member squad would comprise eight men and seven women.
There are 15 divisions at the Games with PNG competing in at least seven each for the men and women.