After the great success of basketball in the 2015 Pacific Games, PNG Sports Foundation has an in-principle agreement with the PNG Basketball Federation and FIBA (International Basketball Federation) to fund employment of an Executive Officer to lead the Federation.
Basketball PNG President Nick Daroa, after meeting with the Foundation’s CEO Peter Tsiamilili Jnr and FIBA Regional Director David Crocker, commented “Our proposal for this funded position is something that all three partners believe is the best way to capitalise on the huge popularity of basketball at the Pacific Games. We had sell-out games and great enthusiasm for basketball that is still keeping people on the street talking now. This role will be key to Basketball PNG being able to get more people playing basketball across PNG."
Mr Crocker added “FIBA sees unlimited potential for basketball in PNG and with the Foundation, we agree that a full time quality Executive Officer will be the thing that will allow basketball to grow. The facilities are world class, not just best in the Pacific, the players that played for PNG are great athletes with potential to medal at future Pacific Games and the Executive of Nick Daroa, Karo Lelai and Eddie Salazar are quality professional people that FIBA is confident in working with.
This in-principle agreement between us will allow the Federation, supported by FIBA, to achieve a co-funding partnership with the Foundation for basketball in PNG. In talking with Peter and Nick today it is clear we all want to achieve a sustainable business model for basketball in PNG using the facilities at Taurama as a competition base.
Further to an Executive Officer in PNG, the Federation and FIBA will also launch a new partnership with the Australian Government through its Pacific Sports Partnership program with the Hoops for Health 3x3 program. An initiative to use basketball to increase physical activity amongst young people and women. This is an exciting new horizon for basketball here in PNG after the success of the 2015 pacific Games."
For further comment contact
Nick Daroa President of Basketball PNG on +67572529855
David Crocker FIBA Regional Director on +61408417460
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