Ryan Pini grabs 3rd gold

first_imgPini clocked 50:63 sec,  faster than his qualifying time of 51.94 sec.Finishing second was Stephane Debaere of Tahiti timed at 51:04 sec.In third place was another Tahitian Hugo Lambert clocking in at 51.72 sec.last_img

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Pom FC in tough tussle with Gigira Laitepo

first_imgThe Southern Conference game will start at 12:30pm tomorrow  and is expected to attract a huge turn out at the Bisini Grounds.The main game at 3pm will see Hekari United FC play PKA Rapatona FC.The last Southern Conference game on Sunday is the showdown between Huawei PS United FC and Erema Gulf FC. This is scheduled for 3pm.To the Northern Conference, all games will be played tomorrow in Lae and Goroka.The Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium will host two games.Lae City Dwellers FC will lock horns with Welgris Morobe United at 12:30pm and Admiralty FC go head to head with Madang FC at 3pm.Up at the National Sports Institute, Goroka Gosiha FC play host to Besta PNG United FC. This game is for 3pm.last_img read more

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​Over 1,000 volunteers in 20 settlements engaged in tournament

first_imgThis occurred over the past two weeks.This was through an effort to increase employability among young people in Papua New Guinea.The FIFA Local Organising Committee, in partnership with the Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP), the Australian Government, the Oceania Football Confederation, the US Embassy and UNICEF, has developed a platform where young people are given the opportunity to gain first-hand skills and experience.These people were engaged before the tournament in a three-month training and work experience program, which has given them hands-on work experience, exposure to a workplace setting and life skills training in health and hygiene, financial management and communication.The training was part of a broader campaign being delivered alongside the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with the aim of developing respect, understanding and tolerance among girls and boys, women and men and the community as a whole.It aims to reduce risk factors associated with gender-based violence in the Pacific.From the 1,000 plus volunteers, 50 will be selected after the tournament to be part of the #ENDviolence campaign ambassadors in their communities.These 50 people will then receive further training and support a broad-based community awareness campaign in the 20 shanty towns of Port Moresby in the months following the competition.For others, it will be a lasting lifetime legacy for FIFA as they are being equipped with skills to find jobs and support their livelihood.last_img read more

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Telikom, HOC sign sponsorship agreement

first_imgTelikom acting CEO, Xavier Victor, said the partnership is worth over a million kina.“We are pleased to be in partnership with the host organising committee to be partners in delivering the Games.“For nearly two years now, we’ve been working behind the scenes to provide the best communications infrastructure in Kimbe to make sure we are able to deliver the best for PNG.“We have EMTV by way of providing live coverage of the opening and closing ceremony, and throughout the entire two weeks will be providing highlights of all the sports played.“We will also be covering the radio sector through our subsidiary company – FM 100. We also have bmobile to deliver SMS services to provide updates of the Games.”Chairman of the HOC, Reuben Kautu, thanked Telikom for coming on board as the official communications provider for the Games.“This will help meet the objective of the games to bring the Games to the people and to identify hidden talent that is out there.”last_img read more

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Team PNG farewelled

first_imgIn her address at last night’s farewell function for Team PNG at the National Football Stadium, Wardley told the athletes that pride isn’t just created by winning medals but by the way they represent Team PNG, its values and the country.“Every one of us will be part of building that pride.”Wardley congratulated each and every one of the athletes. “Congratulations to all 57 of our athletes who are part of Team PNG. Qualifying for our country’s team is a major achievement in itself and it means you’ve either qualified on merit or are deemed to be the best in PNG at your sport.“The road to qualification has been a long one for all of you. The new competitive system introduced by the Commonwealth Games Federation has made these games tougher than ever to qualify for.“Many great PNG athletes did not make the team through injury, suspension and competition heartbreak on the journey through the qualification pathway.“So everyone in the team, please just take a moment and simply enjoy being part of this team and reflect on your achievement.”She went on to express her gratitude to the officials.“To our officials, on behalf of everyone involved with Team PNG, I thank you for your dedication and commitment to our athletes and your sport.“Participation at the games requires your continued hard work to ensure our athletes compete to the best of their ability.”She went on to say that Team PNG will be travelling during a time of great tragedy here at home.“We don’t really know how many of our people have been killed, injured and made homeless by the recent earthquakes across the Highlands region.“The PNG Olympic Committee has donated funds from the sale of Team PNG supporter kits to the earthquake appeal, and we’re going to do our bit by making the country proud and give everyone back home something to smile about.”Wardley wished Team PNG the best of luck and urged them to do their best.“On behalf of the management team, I wish you all the best for all your events, I hope you enjoy the experience, I hope you compete at your highest level so that you know deep within that you really did everything you could for your team and for yourself.She finished by asking the athletes to remember the team values.“Last of all, I ask everyone travelling to remember our team values- Honesty, Excellence, Respect and Openness.“We may not lead the games with the most medals, but as a team we will lead knowing we competed fairly and honestly, that we tried our hardest and that we respect all those with us and even those against us.”last_img read more

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National coach pays tribute to Lepa

first_imgFollowing the tragic passing of Timothy Lepa on Monday morning, Marum said: “Tim was assistant coach when the Kumuls played Fiji in the Pacific Test last year in Sydney and his tireless contributions to the team were invaluable.“We have been in touch regularly since then and we will all miss his great character in camp and on tour.”PNGNRLC Manager, Stanley Hondina, said Lepa was a character in the game. Last season, he guided the Enga Mioks to the minor premiership but went down to Goroka Lahanis in the grand final.“The loss in the game that mattered most did not faze him one bit,” Hondina said. “He was hurting inside but showed that great character he had by humbly accepting the loss.”“We will miss his contributions in particular to the players he nurtured in the Enga Mioks side.”It was reported that Lepa lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle accident around 1.30am on Monday at the Markham plains while travelling to Lae from Goroka.PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said Lepa’s contribution to the development of rugby league was ‘immense’.“Timothy had rugby league in his veins,” Tsaka said. “He contributed immensely to the growth and development of the game over the past 30 years or so through his roles as CEO of the most popular ‘off season’ rugby league competition – the Coca Cola Ipatas Cup – and as Head Coach of the EPG Enga Mioks.“For the good of the game, we often had constructive debates on many aspects of the game. And I always respected his views and decisions.”Tsaka extended his condolences on behalf of the PNGRFL family to his immediate family.“It is very sad for me personally to pass our sincere condolences on behalf of the PNGRFL Board, CEO Reatau Rau and staff, the PNG Kumuls players and coaching staff, PNGNRLC Chairman Adrian Chow and his staff, all Digicel Cup franchises and the rugby league family across PNG to his immediate families and relatives of the tragic passing of Timothy Lepa.“May he rest in eternal peace.”Further information and funeral details will be released as soon as they are finalised.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka out of Cricket World Cup

first_imgEngland moved up to fourth and onto 10 points with a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston on Sunday – a first loss of the competition for Virat Kohli’s men.Sri Lanka could match the hosts’ tally by triumphing in their last two games against West Indies and India but would remain below them due to an inferior number of wins, which is the first tie-breaker used to separate teams.South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan had already been eliminated, with leaders Australia the only team assured of a semi-final berth.England’s win over India means that Sri Lanka are out of #CWC19 semi-final contention. pic.twitter.com/bAgy56hVvU— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019England’s defeat of India was also bad news for Pakistan, who slipped to fifth and only have Bangladesh still to play.Sarfraz Ahmed’s side have nine points and wrap up their campaign at Lord’s on Friday. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Sri Lanka’s Kusal Pereralast_img read more

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French Open order of play on Tuesday

first_imgOrder of play on the showcourts on day 10 of the French Open on Tuesday (all times GMT, prefix numbers denote seeding, all matches quarter-finals).Court Philippe Chatrier (play starts at 1200) 13-Kristina Mladenovic (France) v 30-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 20-Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) v 4-Rafael Nadal (Spain)Court Suzanne Lenglen (1200) Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) v 11-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)last_img

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Man United bounce back with win at Bournemouth

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2Manchester United tightened their grip on second place in the Premier League after goals in each half by defender Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku gave them a clinical 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.The result left United, who suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom team West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, second on 74 points from 34 games, 13 behind champions Manchester City and four ahead of third-placed Liverpool.With one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, United manager Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the side beaten by West Brom and his reshuffled team delivered at Vitality stadium.Smalling fired the visitors ahead with a close-range finish in the 28th minute and Lukaku sealed the win with a superb strike in the 70th, burying his shot over advancing keeper Asmir Begovic after he was put through by Paul Pogba.last_img read more

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Halep stops Muguruza to reach third French open final

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep reached her third French Open final when she stopped hard-hitting Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in her tracks with a 6-1 6-4 semi-final victory on Thursday.The Romanian, who will also keep hold of the world number one ranking as a result of the victory, made a flying start and was 5-0 in quick time as Muguruza made some wild errors.Muguruza ratcheted up the intensity in the second set and broke in the third game when a powerful return forced an error, only for Halep to fight her way back to level at 4-4.A marathon ninth game proved pivotal as Halep saved three break points to pile the pressure on the third seed.Halep then seized her chance, moving 0-40 ahead and then raising her arms in triumph as Muguruza blazed a backhand long.She will face the winner of the all-American showdown between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys in her fourth Grand Slam final.Halep has been beaten in all of her previous major final appearances, including at Roland Garros last year by Jelena Ostapenko.last_img read more

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