Timetable out for athletics national champs

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first_imgThe championships that will run from June 10-12 at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium and will follow the same format as recent years.Events will begin on Friday afternoon with the men’s 10,000m final, the women’s 5,000m final, heats in the 400m and the semi-finals for 800m in the open and under 18 men’s divisions.Events continue on Saturday and Sunday with a full range of track and field events in both open and under 18 divisions.There are only seven events offered for the under 16s with 100m , 200m  400m  800m , long jump high jump and javelin.For for the under 14’s, only the sprinting events of 100m, 200m and 400m are offered.Athletics PNG has advised that teams are required to submit their entries including date of birth for all athletes to Philip Rehder by June 3 at the latest through email to prehder@global.net.pg   Details of team nomination fees and entry fees as well as the timetable and competition rules can also be obtained from Rehder.“All teams are warned that late entries will incur a penalty fee of K10 per athlete and no new entries will be accepted at all after June 9.“ Member associations of Athletics PNG are reminded that to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), they must comply with the requirements of membership which are to pay their affiliation fee, provide a list of officer bearers and submit a written report on their activities for the past twelve months,” said Athletics PNG.last_img read more

‘Malicious attack’: China wants apology for drug cheat remarks

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first_imgHorton was the target of online abuse just hours after taking home the gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle final over comments he made calling Chinese runner-up Sun Yang a “drug cheat”.The Chinese swim team issued a statement, calling Horton’s claims a “malicious personal attack” on Yang.”We have been noticing what has been said in the past two days by Horton, who launched a malicious personal attack [on Chinese swimmers],” team manager Xu Qi told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.”We think his inappropriate words greatly hurt the feelings between Chinese and Australian swimmers. It is proof of a lack of good manners and upbringing.”We strongly demand an apology from this swimmer.”Yang fired shots back at Horton a day after the Australian’s gold medal-winning swim.When asked if he would beat Horton in the 1,500m, Yang told Channel 7: “In 1,500m I am the king.”Horton and Yang will face off again in the men’s 1,500m freestyle event on Sunday.last_img read more

Puara Jnr still out, Amean back from injury

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first_imgCoach of the SP Hunters, Michael Marum, said Puara will miss another two weeks while Amean makes his return to the squad from injury.Marum will announce the final squad tomorrow morning before the team departs for Cairns at 9am.The 20 man squad:1.         Bland ABAVU2.         Butler MORRIS3.         Justin OLAM4.         Thompson TETEH5.         Adex WERA6.        Ase BOAS7.         Watson BOAS8.         Enoch MAKI9.         Warren GLARE10.       Esau SIUNE11.       Timothy LOMAI12.       Adam KORAVE (captain)13.       Brandy PETER14.       Silas GAHUNA15.       Ishmael BALKAWA16.       Benjamin HETRA17.       Atte Bina WABO18.       Philemon KIMISIVE19.       Edward GOMA20.      Stargroth AMEANlast_img read more

FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup kicks off

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first_imgThe first match officially kicked off at 4pm between Sweden and Korea DPR in front of thousands of soccer fans at the Sir John Guise Stadium.Sweden, in yellow and blue, is led by Captain Anna Oskarsson.Korea DPR, in red jerseys, is led by Captain Sol Gyong Choe.Both captains did the handshake for peace before the match kicked off.This is a campaign initiated by FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center.Supporters from both countries are out in numbers wearing their country colours and carrying their flags to cheer their teams on.Home team PNG will take on Brazil at 7pm.At Bava Park, the match between Canada and Spain is now underway while Japan will play Nigeria at 7pm.last_img read more

USA register first win over New Zealand

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first_imgUSA maintained the lead on the Kiwis throughout the match grabbing their first win, 3 -1. USA kept their perfect start to dominate New Zealand in all facets of play in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the break.USA midfielder Ashley Sanchez will not believe her luck in the 3rd minute of the match, when New Zealand defender gifted the ball to her outside the 15 metre mark and she made the Oceania Champions pay by hitting the back of the net.The three-time champions increased their lead five minutes later through the boot of skipper Mallory Pugh.Pugh who is part of the USA women’s national team proved a handful for the New Zealand defenders with her ball control.Pugh worked wonders, showing her individual brilliance and experience dribbling past a New Zealand defender before hitting a perfect shot, off-balance 15 metres out, to score. The only attempt to score by New Zealand was in the 37th minute when Jasmine Pereira, made a desperate strike outside the penalty box which went across the goal mouth.The script did not change in the second half for the New Zealanders, who found a brickwall of a five women last line of defense of USA hard to slip through easily.But the Kiwis managed to sneak a goal  past the USA defense from their first corner of the match in the 76th minute to Isabella Coombes to cut the deficit by one point. This resulted in a change from the bench which payed dividends as substitute striker Ally Watt scored to put USA in front 3-1 in the 82nd minute.Watt placed the ball to the right of Nadia Olla who had no chance of stopping it. In front of 2,399 spectators, the US women maintained their lead to inflict New Zealand’s first defeat in two matches.The USA captain was awarded the player of the match after another steely performance. In the earlier Group C encounter, France broke the hearts of the Ghanaians in the final minute of the game to score an equaliser for a 2-2 draw.last_img read more

Nigeria first to depart PNG

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first_imgHaving lost heavily to Japan on the opening day, the African side bounced back to beat Canada 3-1 and Spain 2-1.However, the consecutive wins did not see the girls to the knock-out round as they bowed out of the competition on superior goal difference.Spain took the second position in Group B behind Japan having  a five-goal advantage in contrast to Nigeria’s minus three goals.However, Falconets coach Peter Dedevbo said the team still managed to win two matches after the first game, “we tried to score as many goals as possible, but it wasn’t enough to keep us in the tournament.”The team took an early flight out of Port Moresby yesterday followed by Ghana and New Zealand girls today.last_img read more

Tyson Fury option for Parker

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first_imgHiggins has engaged Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn in a verbal stoush after heavy criticism of Parker’s recent laboured WBO title defence against Hughie Fury in Manchester.Hearn said Parker’s performance was “very poor” and meant he was a hard sell in the UK now with fans viewing the Kiwi as a “mismatch” against WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.Hearn felt Parker’s effort had also devalued a potential clash with Tony Bellew, should Bellew get past David Haye in their juicy London rematch. Higgins is eager to make 2018 a major money year for his unbeaten champion.Higgins believes Hearn is simply trying to lower the value of a Parker v Joshua unification clash and says he won’t be “low-balled” by the king-pin of the lucrative British scene.If he and Hearn can’t sort out their differences, Higgins is prepared to turn his attention to Tyson Fury and what would be a massive fight in Manchester with the potential to sell out Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United where the Furys are firm fans.It might be a longshot as there are obvious obstacles to overcome, although Fury has stated his intention to return to the ring.Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.Firstly, Fury, a lineal champion of the division, needs to get his British boxing licence back and clear his name of doping allegations from what has been a long and painful two years since he beat Wladimir Klitschko and then slipped into downward spiral.Secondly the big man needs to get fit. He is seriously overweight though is reportedly increasing his training and desire.Higgins sees a Parker versus Tyson Fury fight as hugely marketable and believes he may be able to get a better share of the spoils from the Fury camp than dealing with Hearn in a year where the Kiwi must cash in on his world title status.Duco Events have a good relationship with the Furys after the Manchester experience and Parker has a real affinity with Tyson Fury as was shown when photos emerged of them partying hard post-fight.”Tyson Fury is training and that opens a possibility of Tyson trying to get his WBO belt back off Joseph,” Higgins told Stuff.”Joseph has got the belt Tyson vacated and he beat his cousin Hughie. It’s marketable. It would be a big occasion if they squared off at Old Trafford and could potentially be more lucrative for Joseph Parker than the Joshua fight.”The thing is, on the revenue share, we reckon we could do a better deal with the Furys.”Higgins described Fury’s licence scenario has “a bit of a grey area … but we are hoping that Tyson does come back”.”A guy like that who has come from nothing … from the bottom up … and right to the top and then beat Klitschko, he has got that in him. The British media are vicious and are quick to write someone off.”Look, even in Tyson’s current state of weight, if he called out Anthony Joshua and fought him, it’s still going to generate a hundred million bucks, fat or not fat. The fact is Tyson is still a very marketable, promotable boxer.”A bit of hard work and taking off a bit of weight and he will be back in the frame quickly. So we like to offer him encouragement and support rather than kick a man while he is down as other people seem to like to do.”Meanwhile, Higgins is hoping to finalise Parker’s next opponent for a December fight this week. He is juggling several options to keep the 25-year-old busy. Photo by: REUTERS (Caption: Former champ Tyson Fury wasn’t happy when his cousin Fury was judged to have lost his WBO title challenge to Joseph Parker but might get a chance to avenge that in 2018.Former champ Tyson Fury wasn’t happy when his cousin Fury was judged to have lost his WBO title challenge to Joseph Parker but might get a chance to avenge that in 2018).last_img read more

Federer reflects on ‘special’ week

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first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: Roger Federer shows off the Rotterdam Open trophy The 36-year-old’s quarter-final victory over Robin Haase on Friday ensured he will become the oldest man to be world number one and he eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to maintain his perfect record this season.Federer now has an astonishing 97 career titles to his name and was on cloud nine after taking less than an hour to see off Dimitrov, a success which means he will remain the top-ranked player going into BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.”It’s definitely one of those weeks I will never forget in my life,” said the Swiss maestro. “It’s unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to world number one. It’s very special. “I was expecting it to be tough today. Grigor is a great player and a great athlete and he’s been playing super well in recent months. I thought that this wasn’t going to be the result, but he looked to be struggling a bit and I never looked back.”I was able to execute my tennis the way I wanted to. I’m very happy.”Perfectionist Federer revealed that nerves set in with the opportunity to take Rafael Nadal’s world number one status off him in the Netherlands.”I played a great first match and a great last match,” the 20-time grand slam champion added. “In between it was a battle and nerve-wracking, getting back to world number one and managing my expectations and my nerves as well.”I was able to handle the pressure and today I played great from the beginning. I pushed forward and I’m very proud that I could win here in Rotterdam.”last_img read more

Iranian women sneak into football games dressed as men

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first_imgDonning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.Images of the women at the stadium have been widely shared on both Persian and English social media.Although there’s no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry.Prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979, women were allowed to attend sporting events.Women have been punished for attending games in the past.In 2014, British-Iranian activist Ghoncheh Ghavami was detained after attempting to watch a men’s volleyball match in Iran.And in March this year 35 women were detained for trying to attend a football match.In February, women were allowed to watch a major basketball game in Tehran – but they had to sit in an area separate to men.For one of the women pictured, it was the third time she had pulled off the trick. In an interview she gave to the moderate newspaper Iran, she explained that each time she had sneaked in she had used a different disguise and make-up.”I Google for different make-up [tutorials] and learn new ways and apply them to go to the stadium,” she said.She told the newspaper she had been stopped by security only once. She encouraged other women to get in touch and offered to train them in disguise techniques.Asked whether she was ever scared of being detained, she replied: “Why should I be scared? We women do not commit any crimes by going to stadiums. The law has not defined women’s presence at stadiums as a crime. They have, of course, detained a few women and they have given a written promise not to go back there again.”The photos from the game were initially shared on the women’s personal social media accounts. Most of the responses they received were encouraging.”Good on you. That takes such bravery,” read one comment.But not everyone was happy. “Why won’t you go and watch a women’s match? Why would you have to go to a men’s stadium?” asked another.Another of the women present was asked by the sports newspaper Khabar Varzeshi how she had avoided the security guards.She said: “We went through the first and second gates in a group, and no-one figured it out. But once we sat in the stands, everyone realised.”They came over and took selfies with us, praising us for going. Another interesting thing is all of those who knew we were women did not shout anything rude throughout the match.”She added a few men had accompanied the group to make sure they were OK.When asked if it had been worth the risk, she replied: “Of course, why not?”Our goal is to keep going until they allow all women to go.”We are doing this to say to the authorities that if they don’t let us in, we will keep going nonetheless, with or without beards.”last_img read more

New era in PNG’s football scene

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first_imgAt the beginning of the proceeding, it was confirmed to the congress that all 18 PNGFA member associations were entitled to vote following an MOU signed between John Wesley Gonjuan, John Kapi Natto and FIFA.Kapi Natto picked up 10 votes to defeat his closest rival John Wesley Gonjuan with 8 votes.Kapi Natto brings with him a wealth of experience in corporate leadership and sports administration, given that his leadership will be the key to success in soccer going forward.Immediately following the election, Kapi Natto took the opportunity to thank his supporters and share his vision for the future.“Our future vision now is to build a better PNGFA than was before. 18 months of my journey around the country has convinced me that we have not done much and our provinces deserve to be part of the PNGFA football family,” he stated.“I am ready to bring in great sponsorships to support our different programs in PNGFA and in order for PNG to go to the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it must start now and a dream must be born.”The owner of Hekari United franchise, Kapi Natto has played a large role in shaping Papua New Guinea football.His side remains the only non-New Zealand or Australian club to win the coveted OFC Champions League title and in recent years, the club has focused heavily on grassroots and youth development.Kapi Natto and the PNGFA executive committee will be in place for the remainder of the term, which is due to finish in 2020 before the next elective congress.Kapi Natto served one term as PNGFA Vice President after being elected to the post in 2008 and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Soccer League.Since entering football as a young lad in 1972, following his father’s aspiration in sports, especially soccer, Kapi Natto tried to see and understand how and where football was going and how he could be part of this football family in PNG.(PNGFA president John Kapi Natto, third left, with his executives)last_img read more