Team chef de mission Richard Kassman yesterday said Team PNG would be out to win as many medals as possible.
That will set the platform for all countries to quake when coming to Port Moresby for the 2015 Games, where the host nation plans to dominate proceedings.
Kassman made his bold declaration of a major medal haul in Wallis and Futuna during a press conference yesterday at the Trukai Industries office where the company announced a sponsorship of K500,000 towards Team PNG’s preparations for the Games from Sept 2-12.
Kassman said 191 athletes and officials would be travelling as the Team PNG contingent on Aug 31.
They will be taking part in all eight sports – athletics, volleyball, beach volleyball, weightlifting, sailing, va’a, taekwondo and rugby 7s (men’s).
Kassman assured the nation that all participating sports comprised of strong teams that would be representing the country with pride and a determination to bag as many medals as possible. “Our strength lies in the athletics and weightlifting teams and we believe and are hoping that we bag medals from these two sports,” Kassman said.
“The other six sports have been training very well in preparation for the Games.”
Kassman commended Va’a, or canoeists, saying they were hoping to pull surprises.
“Va’a is one of the sports that have been slowly developing over the past decade and we are hoping for good results,” he said.
The PNG men’s rugby sevens team will be expecting tough competition from other Pacific nations as it will be a qualifying tournament for the International Rugby Board-sanctioned Wellington 7s tournament.
During Trukai’s sponsorship announcement, Kassman thanked trade marketing manager Maryanne Hereva for the company’s significant support in helping Team PNG build up for the Games.
“These Games are important to us in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games,” he said.
“And to have such an enormous support from Trukai helps the PNG Olympic Committee to send a large contingent off to the Games and athletes are motivated to do their best.”