Members of the two Hanuabada weightlifting clubs have come together demanding that the PNG Weightlifting Federation interim administration step down.The reason is that there has not been an annual general meeting for the past five years since the interim administration was set up, they say.They questioned why the current administration had been continuing for the past five years but had not held any AGMs since they took over as the interim committee.Weightlifting champion Dika Toua called on the interim administration to step down or there would not be any weightlifting in PNG.She said the two clubs that she and Steven Kari are members of have been used in the past years and have no representation in the PNGWF.“These are the only two clubs that have produced elite athletes representing PNG,” she said.Toua said that as the weightlifting national coach, it was not fair that the coaching staff had no say in the selection process.“As an athlete who had been appointed as a national coach, I’m disappointed that I’m not part of the selection process.“The coaching staff train the athletes and we do programs for them. We also have club coaches training the athletes but we don’t have inputs in the selections so we’ve had enough,” she said.She said they had been training elite athletes for many years without the support of the government and the federation when it came to facilities.Loop PNG is yet to get a response from the PNGWF.Meantime, the clubs thanked major sponsor Trukai Industries for their support throughout the years.
The Barras batted first and finished at 8/232, thanks largely to knocks from Vani Vagi Morea (52), Dogodo Bau (46) and Lega Siaka (27).UAE’s run chase had them on track at 3/148, but a batting collapse in the middle order gave way to the win for the Barras bowling UAE all out for 206 inside 47 overs.Captain Assad Vala was the best of the bowlers, taking 3/20 off his ten overs.Vala’s spell included the prized scalp of UAE’s danger man Ghulam Shabber, who top scored with 70.The third One Day International will be played tomorrow.
The Champions Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby provided the National Federation executives and coaches the opportunity to speak directly to the staff and management of HPS PNG to better understand the types of services provided.Long-time boxing administrator, Dick Larry described the workshop as a great concept adding it is great to know that we able to locally advance our athletes.Larry also raised concerns of finding access to these programs and services in regional areas where talents scouted regionally can be housed, trained and monitored.Former Paralympian and PNG’s first silver medallist in the Olympics, Francis Kompaon added that it was good for National Federations to come together and meet the HP team because many of these coaches, teams and administrators did not know what kind of services are provided by HPS PNG.“There are services out there that they (NFs) can engage but they can’t do it because it cost money but at HP these same services are provided for free and better quality.“So this Champions Workshop is a good opportunity for NFs to come and see but also know what is provided for them by the Government.”Codes that attended the workshop were Softball, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Shooting, Boxing, ParaSport, Golf, Basketball, Karate, Netball, Sailing, Archery, Shooting, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Canoeing, Cricket, Handball, Hockey, Rugby 7s, Judo, University Sport, Badminton, Table Tennis, Touch Footy, Volleyball, and Rugby League. The next Champions Workshop will be held in early May in Port Moresby and similarly in Lae, with the invitation extended to National team athletes, their coaches and managers.
The PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.“At this time of the year when our global community is shocked by the wild spreading of the coronavirus and combating to control the spread of the pandemic, we Papua New Guinea as a nation must also prepare to take necessary preventive measures to control the epidemic,” Tsiamalili said. “The nation is preparing to prevent and control this globally infectious virus; it is now everyone’s responsibility to maintain our individual health and hygiene as part of the preventive measures against this global threat. “Therefore, in tune with the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation and its recommendations to limit mass gatherings and encouraging social distance, the PNG Sports Foundation, as agency responsible for sports and in consultation with National Federations and Department of Health, has taken its decision as part of the preventive measures in the usage of the sporting venues that are managed by PNG Sports Foundation.“Today we conducted a meeting with representatives from National Federations, PNG Olympic Committee and other stakeholders of sports at the Bisini Sports Precinct and the recommendation to suspend sports for 30 days effective immediately was fully endorsed by those present,” Tsiamalili said. “I’d like to announce to the public, sporting clubs, National Federations and our valued sporting fraternity that the usage of all Government sporting facilities in Port Moresby and throughout the country are suspended for 4 weeks (30 days) until such time, the Sports Foundation completes a risk assessment with health officials on the preparedness of our team and sporting affiliates to manage and deal with the potential of the coronavirus. “Mass gatherings through sporting activities are highly visible events with the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. It is also evident that mass gatherings can amplify the spread of infectious diseases and it is incumbent on my team to take this approach. “Once we are satisfied with our preparations in terms of our sporting affiliate’s management capacity and necessary S.O.P’s (Standard Operating Procedures) to manage the threat, then we will announce the opening of our sporting venues and facilities for normal business. “Currently, the situation is still very fluid and I appeal to all sports and the general public to be content and appreciative as we navigate through these uncertain times with the likelihood of the case still very high.” (Women’s 7-aside at Bisini last weekend. The soccer precinct, like other sporting venues, will be on lockdown as a safety measure)
Arsenal have been charged by the English Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester City.The incident occurred in the 75th minute of the game, when Leicester were awarded a penalty following a foul on Demarai Gray and Arsenal‘s players surrounded referee Graham Scott to protest against the decision.Arsenal were charged with “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” according to a statement on the FA twitter account @FAspokesperson.Jamie Vardy tucked home the spot-kick to put Leicester 2-1 up on the night, before Riyad Mahrez added gloss to the scoreline with a late solo effort.Arsenal have until 1700 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the charge.
Defending champions Germany crashed to defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated and came away 1-0 winners in a thrill-packed Group F opener.A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.Juan Carlos Osorio’s side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans’ closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.“Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing,” said a delighted Osorio.“Mexico deserved the win,” Hummels conceded, noting how he and Boateng were left exposed at the back and saying the team had failed to learn from a recent friendly defeat to Austria.“If we go on like this, I’ll be worried,” he added. “But I expect us to improve.”Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano and then, with a quarter of an hour left, sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.Loew threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, switched left-back Marvin Plattenhardt for a second striker, Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark in the German spearhead.Mexico had much of the 80,000 crowd in Luzhniki Stadium on its feet as the Germans left ever greater gaps at the back, and the wastefulness notably of Hernandez on the final pass may reassure future opponents that Mexico, while determined to end a Cinderella reputation, have not replaced Germany as favourites.Youngster Julian Brandt nearly saved Loew’s night after taking over from Werner in the final minutes when he blasted a shot past Ochoa’s right post, and even goalkeeper Neuer came up for a corner in injury time.But it was not to be.Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and perhaps of improving on the quarter-final they last reached in 1986.“They are the best team in the world,” goalscorer Lozano said, describing his strike as “the best goal of my life”.The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.“We are now under pressure. We have to get six points from the next games,” Kroos said. “We did not do well. We had our chances but didn’t score.”
Midfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.Forward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.
Wales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his players to win their Nations League group after seeing them edge past the Republic of Ireland without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Giggs’ men sit at the top of League B’s Group Four after completing a double over Ireland with a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium courtesy of Harry Wilson’s fine free-kick.They entertain Denmark next month already having assured a place in pot two for the Euro 2020 draw and knowing another three points will put them into an unassailable position.Giggs said: “We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”A game of sparse quality was won by one of the few moments of inspiration when Harry Wilson took full advantage of Harry Arter’s rash 58th-minute challenge on Connor Roberts to curl home a superb free-kick.Giggs, who handed first starts to teenagers Matthew Smith and Tyler Roberts in Dublin, was significantly happier with Wilson’s contribution in Dublin than the one Derby’s on-loan winger made in scoring in his club’s Carabao Cup win over Manchester United last month.He said: “Harry, magnificent free-kick. I thought about fining him for scoring at Old Trafford, but I won’t be fining him tonight.“It’s not easy when you’re missing quality players like that, and there have been results which have not gone our way without Gareth and Aaron, so it was a chance for the players to come in and prove that that’s not the case going forward and they did that tonight.“We played some really good stuff, but the thing I’m most proud about is that clean sheet, that will to defend and put their bodies on the line.”If Giggs was jubilant as he headed back across the Irish Sea, opposite number Martin O’Neill found himself increasingly embattled after a run of five competitive games without a win and only nine goals in 13 matches.Asked if he questioned himself – there were boos on the final whistle – he replied: “Do you know what? I am not so sure that I have ever not asked questions about myself.“I think I do. I think I did that as a player and I certainly do that as a manager.“If you are asking about responsibility for it, I take responsibility for every kick that is made on that field by us. That is my job. That will not change.“And in terms of questioning, there is no question. I do question everything that happens on the field. I look back again to see what we may have been able to do a little bit better and hopefully that improvement continues.“But in terms of questioning myself as a professional, both as a player and as a manager, I’ve always done it, genuinely always done it.”
When the players of France and Croatia step onto the clay court laid down inside Lille’s huge Stade Pierre Mauroy on Friday it will mark the end of an era for the 118-year-old Davis Cup.This year’s final will be the last in its current guise after the International Tennis Federation’s decision to revamp the team event starting in 2019.It has not been a pain-free process and fans and players alike will lament the scrapping of the ‘home and away’ format which has been such an integral part of the Davis Cup’s charm.Next year, after an initial qualifying round in February, 18 nations will assemble in Madrid in November to compete in a week-long competition to find an overall winner.French doubles player Pierre-Hugues Herbert is unequivocal when asked what this week’s showdown in Lille means.“They are killing the competition that has been here for decades and for us we see it as the last final,” Herbert, runner-up with Nicolas Mahut at last week’s ATP Finals, told Reuters ahead of the tie.“The next one will maybe have the same name but will be something new and something we don’t know but we will see what happens. It definitely feels like it’s the last one.”“(The ITF) tried to think of something new and it needed it because the best players were not playing. But I think the changes they have done are the worst for the competition.”With the announcement of the ATP Cup to start in Australia in January 2020, just six weeks after the new Davis Cup finale, there are doubts over whether two team competitions can exist, especially in such close proximity on the calendar.The ATP Cup’s slot, just before the Australian Open, makes it an attractive proposition for the players.But for this weekend, at least, the Davis Cup will have the spotlight for a final in which Croatia, hoping to repeat their 2005 triumph, will start slight favourites.France captain Yannick Noah, who led his country to the title last year and will be in charge for the last time before Amelie Mauresmo takes over, is without several top names.Richard Gasquet is injured and Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon are missing, yet with a fanatical home crowd cheering every point, Les Blues will still feel confident of back-to-back titles for the first time since 1932.In world number 32 Lucas Pouille and number 40 Jeremy Chardy they still boast two dangerous singles players while Mahut and Herbert are the reigning French Open doubles champions.Noah also has former world number five Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up his sleeve after including the injury-troubled 33-year-old in his squad for the final.France have won their last six ties on home soil but Zeljko Krajan’s Croatia will certainly not be intimidated by the raucous atmosphere they will encounter.Marin Cilic, the world number seven, is vastly-experienced on the big stages and has won 27 of his 38 Davis Cup singles.Youngster Borna Coric has risen to 12th in the ATP rankings this season and has twice sealed victory for Croatia during their run to the final, most notably winning the fifth rubber in the semi-final against American Frances Tiafoe in Zadar.In Franko Skugor and Mate Pavic they also have a formidable doubles lineup while 35-year-old Ivan Dodig adds useful backup.“We’re having another opportunity now. Two years ago we were close,” Cilic said, referring to the 2016 in which Croatia lost to Argentina. “We have a good chance. But it’s going to be a fight, a big battle against France.”
Almost three-quarters of people would not see the return of football as a boost to their morale during the pandemic, according to a YouGov poll.In a survey of over 2,000 people, 73 per cent said the Premier League and EFL coming back would not lift their spirits. Nineteen per cent said they would be pleased to see football return.The Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy document allows for the conditional return of top level sports behind closed doors in England from June 1, subject to sufficient progress being made in terms of the infection rate in the country dropping.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hoping that his competition could be in a position to resume in the middle of June, although even the initial return-to-training protocols are yet to be approved by players and managers.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said last week that the return of sports would “lift the spirits of the nation”.Players have expressed their concerns over a return to action, with Newcastle and England full-back Danny Rose particularly forthright about it.Rose, speaking on Lock’Don Live, said: “Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale.“I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers (infected or dying) have dropped massively. It’s b******s. We’ll see.”England team-mate Raheem Sterling also has misgivings over the timing of the return.“The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees,” he said.“I feel like once that side, of the people’s safety and the player’s safety, is secured and their well-being is looked after, then that’s the right time to go back in.“Until then, I’m…how can I say…not scared, but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. I’ve had friends whose grandma has passed away, I’ve had family members as well that have passed away. You’ve got to be wise and take care of yourself and those around you.”