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PNG Olympic hopefuls get Covid-19 vaccine

PORT MORESBY, 06 MAY 2021 ((THE NATIONAL) – Team Papua New Guinea athletes and officials, who are preparing to push for Olympic qualification and participate in this year’s Games, had their first dose of the...

Free course on sport for sustainable development opens for the second round

LONDON, 06 MAY 2021 (COMSEC)—Registrations are now open for the second round of an online course, designed to harness sport for sustainable development. The Commonwealth Secretariat developed the course together with the Government of Australia and the International Platform on Sport and Development. Offered for free, the course helps participants understand the impact of sport...

Laurel Hubbard set to become first transgender Olympic athlete

Official selection is the only thing needed for weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to become the first transgender Olympian. International weightlifting has rejigged its qualifying criteria for Tokyo because of limited competition over the past year due to Covid-19. That means on current rankings Hubbard will qualify but she still needs to nominated by Weightlifting New Zealand...

Flights booked for Black Caps

Departure dates out of India have been locked in for the New Zealanders stranded in the country after the postponement of cricket’s Indian Premier League. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, as well as Australian physio Tommy Simsek, would leave India bound for the UK...

Gopal sponsors Nadi event

Former Lautoka golfer Mahen Gopal wants to continue what he started in 2006, that is to continue to assist our local golfers. Gopal, who now lives in Canada, says he is proud to partner with his wife to support the game at the Nadi Airport Golf Club. “We had our first golf tournament at the...

Nadi club ready for competition

THE Jet Runners Club of Nadi will start its 2021 season in a big way once the lockdown and COVID-19 sporting restrictions are lifted. The club based out of Votualevu specialises in holding middle to long-distance events together with cross country races. Last year the club received a lucrative sponsorship from New Zealand, however, this...

Plan for Pacific snooker series

THE Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji (BSAF) hopes to select the best players to represent the nation at the proposed inaugural Pacific Series once the international borders open. The Pacific Series has been mooted to further develop cue sport in the region with more international fixtures. Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,...

State of emergency set to be extended in Tokyo as Olympics near

TOKYO, 06 MAY 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Nine Japanese Governors believe the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games should be either cancelled or postponed depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Japan considers extending emerging measures to combat a rise in infections. Saitama, Shizouka and Yamanashi – which are all set to...

Cricket-Ex-Australia test bowler MacGill kidnapped for ransom-media reports

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian police arrested four men in dawn raids on Wednesday in connection with the alleged kidnap and assault of former test cricketer Stuart MacGill, media reported. The 50-year-old former leg-spinner was allegedly abducted near his home in Sydney on April 14 and taken to another part of the city where he was beaten...

Cricket-England players lead IPL exodus, NZ cricketers isolate

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) foreign players began to disperse on Wednesday, many with a sense of anxiety as they seek a safe passage out of the pandemic-ravaged country. Hours after the lucrative cricket league was suspended on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 crisis, the English members of Delhi Capitals squad...

Cricket-IPL suspended due to COVID-19, foreign players fret over return

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -The Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, leaving many international players with major concerns over how they will return home. The organising Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the league’s governing council members convened an emergency meeting at which they decided to...

5th May

Golf: Johnson commits to U.S. Open warm-up at Congaree

(Reuters) – World number one Dustin Johnson has committed to play in the Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club in his home state of South Carolina a week before the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday. The June 10-13 Palmetto Championship replaced the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour’s schedule after that event...

NZ cricketers face difficulties leaving India

Getting Black Caps and other New Zealanders involved in the Indian Premier League out of India is proving no easy task. More positive cases within the teams, as a result of the intensifying Covid-19 situation in the country, had seen the big-money Twenty20 league indefinitely postponed. Covid cases in India had been surging since the...

Cricket-Australian IPL cricketers anxious, hope travel ban will be lifted: Cummins

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The ban on travellers from India by Australia had added “anxiety” for its cricketers after the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) suspension, Australia vice captain Pat Cummins said, as players isolated in the COVID-ravaged Asian nation on Wednesday. The Australian government has barred its own citizens from returning home within 14 days of...

Many challenges in training: Toua

(POST COURIER)—“Training here has been very difficult to be honest, as we all know Papua New Guinea is a very family-oriented country and we are more attached to our family”. “We have been in training for the last couple of weeks but not as professionals and not as how we used to train at the...

4th May

Judoka preps for grandslam

Fiji’s number one Judoka Tevita Takayawa is preparing for the Kazan Grandslam in Russia this week but is thinking of his tiny island home in the Pacific, ahead of his grandslam fight. He hopes people will work together against the COVID-19 situation in the country. “We have a lot of cases here, maybe 100 more...

East vs West challenge in limbo

The annual East versus West Challenge scheduled to be played at the Fiji Golf Club course in Vatuwaqa, Suva at the end of this month is likely to be postponed. This is because of the sporting restrictions following the current lockdown relating to the surge in Covid-19 community cases. Golf Fiji tournament director Rohit Chandra...

Vanuatu Teqball Federation approved as member of VASANOC

(INSIDE THE GAMES)—The Vanuatu Teqball Federation (VTF) has been approved as a member of the Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) at the governing body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). VTF President Stephen Silas said in August he hoped the body could become a member of VASANOC after establishing a governance structure and...

Lydia Ko drops in world rankings for first time this year

Hyo-Joo Kim’s victory at the Women’s World Championship has seen Lydia Ko drop in the world rankings for the first time this year. New Zealand’s Ko jumped to seventh after snapping her three-year title drought at the Lotte Championship last month. She has slipped back one spot in the latest rankings to eighth however with Kim...

Boxer Verdejo charged with killing woman pregnant with his child

Boxer Félix Verdejo, who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been charged in U.S. federal court with kidnapping and killing a woman who was pregnant with his child, authorities said. Verdejo was taken into custody in Puerto Rico on Sunday for the murder of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27. He was charged with...

IPL: David Warner takes the blame as Kane Williamson’s Hyderabad lose again

Chennai Super Kings returned to the top of the Indian Premier League with their fifth successive win as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets on Chennai’s opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad (75) and Faf du Plessis (56) featured in an attractive century-stand to cruise their team to 173-3 with nine balls to spare. Hyderabad,...

3rd May

Joseph Parker pleased to take win in ‘very close fight’

Joseph Parker admits he was made to dig deep for his controversial victory over British veteran Dereck Chisora. The New Zealand heavyweight survived a knock down inside the first 10 seconds of the first round to come back for a split decision points win in Manchester on Sunday (NZ time). Parker won the bout on...

Hamilton wins in Portugal

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to eight points after three races. Verstappen finished second at the Algarve circuit with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas completing the podium, and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap, after starting from...

Steve McKean, legendary basketball coach, dies

Former Tall Blacks basketball coach Steve McKean has died after a short battle with cancer. McKean was at the helm of the Tall Blacks from 1972-1981 and led the team to their first ever win over Australia in 1978. He started his New Zealand basketball career with the Auckland Club, Panmure, after arriving from the...

Danny Lee decides against playing at Tokyo Olympics

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has made himself unavailable for the Tokyo Olympics to focus on retaining his PGA Tour card. He finished in a tie for 27th at the Rio Games and was on track to qualify for Tokyo, alongside Ryan Fox. But Lee, 30, is currently a lowly 192nd in the PGA Tour...

Danny Lee decides against playing at Tokyo Olympics

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has made himself unavailable for the Tokyo Olympics to focus on retaining his PGA Tour card. He finished in a tie for 27th at the Rio Games and was on track to qualify for Tokyo, alongside Ryan Fox. But Lee, 30, is currently a lowly 192nd in the PGA Tour...

2nd May

Lydia Ko’s dramatic eagle keeps her in contention at Women’s World Championship

Lydia Ko said the stifling Singapore heat had her “seeing stars” just prior to her remarkable eagle at the final hole of her third round at the HBSC Women’s World Championship. The New Zealand golfer has kept herself in contention for another title after her stunning approach shot at the 18th on Saturday took a...

1st May

Nadi fight date moved

THE South Pacific Boxing Promotion event scheduled to take place later this month has been postponed. Promoter Fredy Chand said with the current COVID-19 situation in the country they had been forced to shift the event that was to be held on May 22 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi to a later date. “COVID-19...

Cooks badminton players relishing time in NZ

Junior badminton players from the Cook Islands will compete in the Waikato U17 Open tournament this weekend, following a four-day development camp in Auckland. The eight teenagers competed at the North Island/Bay of Plenty U15 and U19 Championships in Tauranga last weekend, and are making the most of their trip before they head home next...

PNG cricketers still planning for World Cup debut

Papua New Guinea’s cricketers remain positive about their chance of creating history at the Men’s Twenty20 World Cup, despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament is due to begin in October but the deathtoll in host country India has passed 200,000, with at least 300,000 new infections every day in the...

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