“The new normal that the pandemic has instilled has changed the way we do things. This has brought about positive change and hygiene measures to protect all those involved,” stated PNGSF Acting Executive Director/CEO Micah James.
Over the weekend, the PNGNRL successfully hosted the first sporting competition since the country went into lockdown.
“We are proud of the administration of PNGNRL, it is not an overnight success and we know they have been working on getting this right for months,” said James.
“I am also proud of our VMT staff at Sir John Guise Stadium, they too have prepared well.”
The successful outcome of the Digicel Cup has opened the doors for all the other sports to emulate and manage their own competitions.
Meanwhile, the application process for other sports is well underway with many sports submitting their applications to restart their programs.
The PNGSF’s Pandemic Management Committee (PMC) is tasked with the approving of sporting organisations.
“The applications have been impressive. It shows that sports have taken the pandemic seriously and the administrations are prepared to protect their sporting community from COVID19,” says PMC Chairman, Dr Kapua Kapua.
“But we must not be complacent. Having a plan on paper is one thing but the implementation and maintaining of that plan is the real challenge.”
The PMC so far has approved several sports via submissions from their sporting federations and are awaiting other federations that are putting together their submissions. The approved sports to date are: PNGRFL, PNG Football Association, PNG Rugby Union, Swimming PNG, PNG Volleyball and Cricket PNG.
It is important to note that despite approvals from the PMC on the grounds of running a COVID-19 safe sporting environment, all sporting associations and clubs are still under the administration of their National Federations. Thus, sports are encouraged to get their federations to comply with the Controller’s orders and apply for approval from PMC.
James has also raised concern about some sports defying the Controller’s orders.
“It has come to my attention that there may be sports that have started competitions, but their national federations have not given approval to commence program. Those associations must stop immediately and the venues/establishments that are hosting these sports will be reported to the SOE Controller if they allow them to persist.”
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