Attending the Welcome Reception for Team PNG and Officials, the GG said he was honored to be part of the Official Welcome Reception held yesterday to welcome PNG’s athletes.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games were held in conjunction with celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee as the longest reigning monarch and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“As the Queen’s representative, it is my honor and privilege to welcome home the athletes from our Team PNG and the officials of the Commonwealth Games.
“With the power of sport, you have donned the colors of our country and proudly raised our flag on the international stage. For us, watching from the television sets in anticipation and awe, we were once again reminded of the true power of the sport,” said The Grand Chief.
He stressed that sport brings people, villages, communities and nations closer together through a shared love of physical activity, while maintaining our ties with our Commonwealth nations.
Sir Bob said: “Despite the challenges and setbacks you may have faced, you have persevered through determination, dedication and excellence. I recommend you all. Many of you have broken personal bests and national records at your respective events, individually or collectively.
“Your success and personal bests now set the baseline for you and future generations of Team PNG athletes to aspire to and improve on. Your journey and achievements are an integral part of our success story as a sovereign and Commonwealth nation – always remember.”
The GG recognized Pacific Weightlifting Champion Dika Toua, silver medalist Morea Baru, Pacific sprint queen Toea Wisil, Pacific vault keeper Rellie Kaputin and boxing champ John Ume.
“Your sportsmanship, dedication and sacrifice have put PNG on the regional and world map.
I also want to recognize those who stand behind you and continue to provide you with the support system you need to make your success a reality – your families, coaches, managers, coaches and national federations.”
He commended the unwavering support and commitment of leading sports agencies and corporate partners in making our athletes’ participation in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games possible.
In addition, such a partnership is commendable and beneficial to sporting development and excellence in the country.
“Despite the adverse challenges we face, we will fly our country’s flag with pride and unity as one people, one nation and one team with a dream.”