“This is a fantastic number,” said Ronnie Mea, from the PNGSF, who is also a member of the SP Sports Awards Committee.
“But it is with no surprise as 2017 recorded a number of international sporting achievements in a number of codes.”
This year, the OSEP Sports Official of the Year category collected the highest number of nominations.
Mea said 21 nominations were received for 12 sports officials.
All nominations are now with the PNGSF.
Mea said they are now preparing all files for the SPSA Selection Panel to commence the first leg of judging in mid-April.
“The SPSA Selection Panel, comprising of professionals in the law, media and sporting fraternity, definitely have a challenging task ahead of them. We wish all the nominees the best.”
Finalists will be made known on April 25.
This year’s SP Sports Awards is scheduled for May 26 2018 and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port Moresby.