Lae the second capital city of Papua New Guinea played host to the country’s 6th PNG Games to over 1, 000 in various sporting codes.
The opening ceremony was hosted at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium where tickets ran out before the actual opening ceremony. Crowds lined up outside the stadium to catch a glimpse of the grand entrance by all provincial teams as their graced the afternoon with their provinical colours.
The PNG Games takes place every two years and a host province gets to host with the aim of identifying sporting talents from rural areas who take in these national sports event. From this event talented Papua New Guineans are selected and get the chance of being selected to represent PNG in international sporting events such as Commonwealth and Olympics.
Many people braved the intense heat just to see their favourite band Jokema perform live alongside Australian female artist Christian Anu and local artists in the likes of Anslom Nakikus and Keidumen.
Present during the opening ceremony were senior government officials, games committee and other invited guests including PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The games will run from November 17 towards the official closing on November 28, 2014.
Kimbe in West New Britain Province will play host in 7th PNG Games in 2016.
All the best to all provincial athletes and do hope that they will play out their best and in the true sportmanship!!!