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Governor Parkop on a Mission to Bring World Rugby 7s to Port Moresby , PNG

Papua New Guinea NCD Governor, Honourable Powes Parkop is on a mission to make Port Moresby a hub for hosting international sporting events.

He led a four-men delegation to Hong Kong to bid for hosting regional and world Rugby 7s and 10s tournament in the city.

"We met the Deputy Chairman of World Rugby Mr. Austin Pichot yesterday (Saturday, April 20) so it looks good for Port Moresby to host some regional and international RUGBY 7s and 10s games. It has not been confirmed yet, but we have done the representation. We just need to follow it up with them," said Governor Parkop.

"We have to continue to lift and push the boundaries for our people and our country. Get them to imagine a greater future and together we work towards that greater future ," he continued.

Governor Parkop wants to see the soon to be completed Sir Hubert Murray Stadium as a hub to host rugby union tournament on regional level and also international level.

“We can start with hosting women’s tournaments, under 18 or even the second tiers countries as long as we are sanctioned by World Rugby, we will start. We want to make it a win-win for the code and for the city by bringing the type of outcomes Hong Kong 7s has achieved for Hong Kong to Port Moresby,” he said.

Governor Parkop, City Manager Bernard Kipit and MKA Chairman Dadi Toka Jnr also met the high flying PNG Palais and officials in Hong Kong.

They were also assisted by the CEO of Steamship, Mr. Rupert Bray who is part of the Swire Groups of Companies which co-sponsor the Hong Kong 7s and by the newly-elected Chairman of PNG Rugby Union, Mr. Syd Yates.

In making the announcement, Governor Parkop called on the rugby union fraternity in the country to put their differences aside and support Mr Yates to rebuilt the code and take it to the highest level it can go.

“We must learn from the bitter lessons in rugby league and soccer, and get back to having a single union that owns the game and has clear structures, pathway and management of the code. Rugby Union is an international sports and has great potential for the youths of our country so we must harness that potential for the advancement of our young people," he said.

Govenor Parkop and the delegation also took time to support the Palais who were able to reach the quarter finals with two wins but got knocked out of the finals after two losses to Kenya and Scotland.

“The girls played well. They have skills and talents, but not enough game's time to give them experience to handle top level competition like Hong Kong 7s. That’s why we need to host tournament in Port Moresby and the region. I have recommended to their management of the Palais to keep focusing on Hong Kong 7s as it is a pathway that can lead the Palais to World Cup," he concluded.

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