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Team PNG prepares for Rio Olympics

Staff Reporter 2/27/2016 | |
Athletes from the 7 sporting codes vying to qualify for a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been reminded by Team PNG Chef De Mission that they want to take the best to the Games.
After listening to the teams’ presentation on their preparations for the athletes during the PNG Olympic Committee Media Blitz, Ms Waiwai said she was happy to hear about the effort the athletes are putting in to qualify.
“It’s good to hear about what the sports and their athletes are doing but what I want to see is that we bring the best athletes over there to perform and set new standards not only for themselves but for the country,” says Ms Waiwai.
The seven sports are Taekwondo, Judo, Bowing, Shooting, Weightlifting, Swimming and Athletics.
The Potential Athletes are:
Athletics: Toea Wisil (100m), Donna Koniel (400mH), Betty Burua (400mH), Sharon Kwarula (100mH), Mowen Boino (400mH), Nelson Stone (400m), and Theo Piniau (200m).
Swimming; Ryan Pini (100m butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100m backstroke-Qualified), Samuel Seghers (100m freestyle, 50m freestyle), Ryan Maskelyne (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke) and Barbara Vali-Skelton (100m breaststroke).
Taekwondo; Max Kassman (65kg under), Jonathan Paschalis (86kg over), Rose Tona (49kg under) and Samantha Kassman (68kg over).
Shooting; Angus Donald, Danny Wanma and Darcy Leahy (Shotgun), Mel Donald and Tania Mairi (Pistol).
Boxing; Thadius Katua (60kg), Charlie Keama (52kg), Andrew Aisaga (69kg), Jonathan Keama (75kg) and Henry Umings (56kg).
Weightlifting; Morea Baru (62kg), Dika Toua (53kg) and Thelma Toua (48kg).
Judo; Raymond Ovinou (66kg)
All athletes are currently preparing for Qualifying tournaments in their respective sports with deadlines set at different dates. PNGFM/ ONEPNG

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