Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on all Papua New Guinean’s to get behind the country’s sports teams as they continue to strengthen the values of the country all over the world.
In his address to the nation at Independence Hill over the weekend, O’Neill also encouraged all Papua New Guineans to welcome international visitors who will be here for the Rugby League World Cup in a month’s time.
“In the next week our Hunters will play in the Grand Final in Queensland, and after our PNG Mozzies won the Aussie Rules International Cup in Victoria and in the coming months we will host overseas teams in the Rugby League World Cup,” he said.
“This is what we must be proud of. I hope all Papua New Guineans will get behind our team and also welcome our visitors to our country.
“Papua New Guineans must get behind all our sportsmen and women, who are continuing to strengthen the values of our country,” O’Neill said.
“Our Government and our people must continue to invest in community development programs and in sports so that we encourage healthy living and strengthen community values.”
He said that the Government will continue to strengthen sports in PNG so that the country’s sportsmen and women can have the opportunity to show case and strengthen the value of their cultures and to maintain good sportsmanship. O’Neill said he wants Papua New Guinea to be a hub for sports development in the Pacific region.
“And when it comes to sports development in the Pacific it’s very important for us that we take it at every level,” he said.