In the +87kg, PNG’s Sam Ware won bronze and Nicolas Dorman of New Zealand got silver while Lloyd Hery of Tahiti won gold. In the -74kg category, PNG’s Jonathan Paschalis grabbed bronze while Peter Babka of Vanuatu won silver and Thomas Afconcenko of Australia got gold. Bobby Willie won gold in the -54kg category and Rainner Pennie took out silver in the -63kg after going down to gold medallist Thomas Auger of Australia. These include one gold, one silver and three bronze. In the -58kg category, PNG’s Maxemillion Kassman won bronze behind silver medallist Teddy Teng of Tahiti and gold medallist Safwan Khalil of Australia. The final day of competition is tomorrow at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
The money was presented by NA Party Secretary Joyce Grant in Kinim Station, Karkar Island, to chairman of District Sports Atis Deme.Grant says the money is to help the organising committee run the tournament.It is not an early awareness campaign grant but a kind donation to help and support youths of Sumkar District through sporting activities, she explains.Meanwhile, local organising committee chairman Deme said the District has not supported this tournament and this money will go towards sorting out transportation, both land and sea, for teams, accommodation, meals and refreshment and prizes.Deme thanked the NA Party for the support, adding the event is one of the biggest tournaments that brings teams from all parts of Sumkar District.He said soccer has more than 30 teams, volleyball and darts 20 teams, basketball with 18 and touch football with six. This is the highest number of participants, compared to previous district games.He urged those teams taking part to play and get to know each other through sharing ideas and working together.
These include the Pacific Special Games and the Special Olympics Unified Football World Cup.The Pacific Special Games will be held in 2017 in Fiji, run by the Special Olympics Asia Pacific.SOPNG president Takale Tuna said selections for the Pacific Special Games will be made following the PNG Games in March next year.SOPNG has been tasked by the 8th PNG Games organising committee to run the five aside unified football at the Kimbe Games.The Unified Football World Cup is scheduled for 2018 and is modeled after the FIFA World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world.The Unified Football Cup demonstrates to the world the potential of Special Olympics athletes to compete in football at the highest level on teams with partners without intellectual disabilities.It also increases public awareness of Special Olympics and the gifts and accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes, promotes athlete growth and creates attitude change toward persons with intellectual disabilities.Tuna said the sky is the limit for SOPNG and they are hoping to build on this to further their exposure and make it a regular competition.He thanked the Government for its funding support through the National Gaming and Control Board and the PNG Sports Foundation.Special Olympics is a global organisation that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities, working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities, who are involved with the organization, has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering, says SOPNG.Picture by Kennedy Bani
Two Dog Unit teams spilt up into two groups to have the hotel rooms and facilities checked before the arrival of the next two international teams this morning.Loop PNG caught up with Senior Sergeant Ben Pisoro who was coordinating the search at Laguna Hotel with a group of officers.Sargeant Pisoro says the Dog Unit comprising 32 members were spilt into two groups.“One group is conducting a search at Crowne Plaza with Commander Nidung while the rest are here in Laguna,” says Pisoro.He added that the Dog Unit is also being assisted by some officers of the Australian Federal Police of which the members are very grateful.The Dog Unit started off search last week at the Sir John Guise to do search of the gaming venue adding that all accommodations, hotels, vehicles, team transportations, gaming venues, training grounds will also be checked before any of the teams are allowed set foot on either of them.“FIFA security operations are proceeding well and according to schedule.”
Ela Motors presented the Toyota Hi-Ace bus to the PNG Olympic Committee this week in Port Moresby.There will be two mini buses on offer, one for the Port Moresby event on September 22 and the other for Lae on October 6.“Ela Motors is very proud to be involved in the Prime Minister’s Golf event to raise funds for Team PNG, Toyota globally is also involved with the Olympics and we’re proud to support the Olympic Movement,” said National Sales Manager for Ela Motors, Chris Von Oppeln.The bus has a retail value of K140,000 and will be a great prize for the golfer who hits a Hole-In-One. Oppeln said it may seem like a bit of a challenge but it can be done.“A lot of people try too hard and don’t get too close but it can be done, I’ve seen it, so good luck to the lucky players who try to get a Hole-In-One,” said Oppeln.Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, thanked Ela Motors for partnering with the PNG Olympic Committee and encouraged corporate organisations to register a team for the opportunity to win the bus and other great prizes.“This is a great prize and we are elated to have Ela Motors Toyota as a partner in this year’s Prime Minister’s Corporate Golf Challenge,” she said.Ela Motors joins other co-sponsors of the event, which include The National, Air Niugini, Coral Sea Hotels, Theodist and Coca-Cola.Rapilla acknowledged the sponsors and welcomed other partners who wish to be part of the event as well.The Prime Minister’s Golf Challenge is one of PNG Olympic Committee’s major fundraising events for sending Team PNG to international events. Funds raised from the event this year will go towards sending Team PNG to the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu this December.Organisations who wish to register a team for Port Moresby or Lae can contact the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee on 323 0114, 325 1449 ad 325 1411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org now. Registration costs K3,000 per team.
Photo Getty Images. Caption: England hero Jordan Pickford Gareth Southgate’s men had all but beaten Colombia, only to throw it away and then conjure up a second victory on a long, draining night in Moscow.If that wasn’t remarkable enough, the fact they did on a penalty shoot-out is bordering on the downright bizarre.Italia ’90, France ’98 and Germany in 2006 had all ended in recriminations and tears. But Russia 2018 had a happier ending.In truth, it was no more than England deserved.Leading through Harry Kane’s 57th-minute penalty, it seemed as though England had done enough, especially when Jordan Pickford produced a stunning save deep in injury time to keep out Mateus Uribe’s 30-yard drive.But no. From the resulting corner, Yerry Mina rose highest to power a head down into the turf and up and over Kieran Trippier on the line.England stunned, their fans silenced. The majority inside Spartak Stadium, those clad in yellow, went berserk.Extra-time came and went and so, to spot-kicks.Again the momentum swing Colombia’s way when Jordan Henderson saw his effort saved by David Ospina.But Uribe’s well-struck shot cannoned back off the bar and then Pickford stuck out his left arm to deny Carlos Bacca. It left Eric Dier with a shot at glory that he duly took.Sorry we put you through that – but what a way to do it. #threelions pic.twitter.com/wLXug1uTLT— England (@England) July 3, 2018Colombia will look back with inevitable regret, but they can also look at the mistakes that contributed to their downfall.Kane’s regular-time penalty was awarded when referee Mark Geiger finally lost patience with the South Americans’ persistent grappling at set-pieces.Colombia cried foul but they walked a fine line all night. Indeed, a more experienced official than Geiger would surely have clamped down much earlier.How the South Americans finished with 11 players on the field will also remain a mystery. The constant, and often aggressive, in-your-face remonstrating with the referee was appalling while Wilmar Barrios somehow only saw yellow for a blatant and potentially dangerous thrust of the head into the chest and chin of Henderson.That’s not to say England were blameless either. Henderson also pushed his head into an opponent while a second-half Harry Maguire dive in the area was nothing short of embarrassing.The bigger picture is England roll on. This was undoubtedly the toughest test on paper in a half of the draw that now only contains Sweden, England’s next opponents, Croatia and Russia.Southgate will do his utmost to dampen the growing expectation, but there is no reason why England cannot be back in Moscow for the final a week on Sunday.If England can win a penalty shoot-out then the possibilities are endless.
Lewis Hamilton is keeping his fingers crossed that he and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel can have a proper battle in Bahrain on Sunday after last year’s race did neither of them any favours.Vettel, now joint leader of the Formula One championship with Mercedes’ Hamilton after two races, was unable to start the 2016 grand prix at Sakhir due to an engine failure on the formation lap.The German, who had qualified third behind the then-dominant Mercedes drivers, has been alongside Hamilton on the front row so far this year.“It (the title battle) is going to go right down to the end of the season, and I hope there’s nothing mechanical that will come in between our sheer battle through ability,” said Hamilton after winning in China last weekend.“I really, really hope it’s just an out and out fight through stubbornness, through mental stability, through fitness, composure…,” he added.Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull, and triple champion Hamilton have 43 points apiece after one victory and second place each.Unless both draw a blank, the deadlock must be broken on Sunday at a desert circuit where both are two times winners and returning in rather better mood than they left last year.There is a real sense of anticipation about the emerging scrap between two great rivals with a huge determination to win and no less mutual respect of each other’s talents and achievements.“He is at his best and he is phenomenally quick,” Hamilton said of Australian Grand Prix winner Vettel. “Ferrari are at their best in years. We’re at our best as a team, and I feel like I’m at my best.“The ultimate fighter always wants to go up against the best battle he can have because then when you come out on top, it’s so much more satisfying. I love this fight.”UNHAPPY MEMORIESLast year’s race in Bahrain does not hold great memories for either of the current Mercedes drivers, either.Hamilton made a slow start from pole and collided on the first lap with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, his new team mate this season, who was punished by stewards for his move.Bottas, who has replaced last year’s winner and retired world champion Nico Rosberg, will not want reminding of that as he seeks to move on from a spin behind the safety car that cost him points in China.Mercedes should be favourites, after winning the last three races at Sakhir, but Ferrari are sharp on strategy and have shown they flourish in hotter conditions.“I think they will be very, very quick in the next race but there’s a lot of straights there as well and we’ve obviously got, I think, still the strongest power unit on the grid,” commented Hamilton.“So I think that will come into play, for sure.”The race will also see the return of Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein, who has missed two races due to fitness issues, and of former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, attending a race for the first time since his ouster by Liberty Media.The 86-year-old Briton told Reuters that a Vettel v Hamilton battle was win-win for the sport.“They are both good friends of mine so I don’t care who wins. It would be nice to see Ferrari win… I’d like to see Sebastian win, But it would also be nice to see Lewis put another notch on his gun,” he said.
By Frank PingueTennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and taking maternity leave through the rest of 2017, expecting to give birth this fall, her spokeswoman said on Wednesday in an announcement that upended a sport the 35-year-old athlete has dominated for the past decade.The confirmation came hours after Williams, due to regain to the No. 1 world ranking next week, set off a day of frenzied speculation with a short-lived selfie posted on social media – posing for a photo in a yellow one-piece swimsuit on Snapchat with the caption: “20 weeks.”Williams deleted the photo shortly after it appeared and waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,” Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said.Bush Novak told Reuters that Williams intended to sit out the remainder of the 2017 season and return next year.Williams, the world’s highest paid female athlete, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.Days ago she seemed to quell speculation about impending motherhood with an Instagram post praising a newly published guidebook for new mothers by former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, adding in the caption: “One of these days I hope to apply this (but for now I’ll stick to my dog Chip).”If Williams is indeed 20 weeks into her term, that would mean she was approximately two months pregnant when she captured her record 23rd Grand Slam tournament singles title at the Australian Open in January.Her victory over older sister Venus Williams broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles championships in the sport’s modern era. Serena Williams has not played since then, citing a knee injury.TECHNICALLY A DOUBLES MATCH?Fans and celebrities reacted with a mixture of awe and glee to Williams’ Snapchat post.“Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in,” wrote Twitter user @noelleharmony.“So Serena cheated,” Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, wrote on his Twitter account. “Because that’s technically a doubles match.”The Women’s Tennis Association congratulated Williams on Twitter before deleting its post.Tennis’ U.S. governing body, the United States Tennis Association, wrote on Facebook, “Join us in congratulating the GOAT and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian on this incredible news!” referring to Williams with the acronym for “Greatest of All Time.”Researchers who study pregnancy in high-performing athletes said her training during pregnancy, the speed of her body’s recovery after giving birth and her will power are the keys to Williams returning to top-level play. James Pivarnik, a kinesiology professor at Michigan State University, said her muscular build could overcome some of the changes that usually impair performance.Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, although none has done so at Williams’ age. Kim Clijsters of Belgium retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three Grand Slam titles as a mother.Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also won Grand Slam titles after having children.Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, missed most of the 2016 season to have a baby and is expected to return to the tour this summer.“We’ve seen some other mothers come back … but will she have enough motivation when she sees that little one?” former world No. 1 Hall of Famer Tracy Austin said on the Tennis Channel. “She’s already done so much, does she need more?”For Williams, who commands nearly $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, becoming pregnant makes her all the more attractive to corporate sponsors, industry executives said.Williams is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired.Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No. 1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total.Sister Venus, 36, has won seven Grand Slam singles titles.
Arsenal can sustain a Europa League challenge but a top-four finish in the Premier League would be the best way to reach next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said.Manchester United won the Europa League title last season to secure direct entry to the Champions League. Manager Jose Mourinho made winning the competition a priority as United slipped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.Wenger, however, believes domestic success is key to Arsenal’s ambitions after dropping out of the top four for the first time in 20 years.“I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League,” Wenger told a news conference before Arsenal host Cologne in their Europa League opener on Thursday.“We did that for 20 years. We got 75 points last year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition.”Wenger may be forced to make wholesale changes with one eye on Sunday’s London derby against Chelsea. But the Frenchman is not using the fixture as an excuse ahead of their European assignment.“It is a good opportunity to show we can cope,” Wenger said.“We played on Wednesday night in Barcelona and against Everton on Saturday morning. It is a preconceived idea, football is down to how you perform on the day. Three days is plenty of time to recover.”Arsenal have made a poor start to the campaign, losing twice in their opening four league games.They showed signs of recovery with an impressive 3-0 victory over Bournemouth but lost midfielder Francis Coquelin to a hamstring injury, leaving him on the sidelines for up to three weeks.
The absence of key midfielders due to injury will have no impact on the Manchester United team’s quality in their Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, manager Jose Mourinho said.United will be without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, leaving Mourinho with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera as the only experienced central midfielders available for the game on Wednesday.“We don’t have Fellaini, we don’t have Pogba, we don’t have Carrick. So all three midfield players we lose for this match. The solutions are not many,” Mourinho told a news conference on Tuesday.“We try not to focus on individual battles or specific areas on the pitch. We try to focus on the bigger picture. And we are going to have a team with quality, with balance.”Mourinho expects Fellaini to be back soon after sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.“It was only when I saw it on TV that I realised that Fellaini was very lucky,” Mourinho added. “I do not expect him to be out for long.”CSKA Moscow lie fourth in the Russian Premier League with six wins from 11 games but Mourinho believes they are “the best CSKA I am going to play against”.“I don’t like to speak about opponents,” he said.“If I speak good, I motivate them. If I speak bad, I motivate them.”United, unbeaten this season and level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, started their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford.CSKA beat Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon in their opening match.