SYDNEY, 09 OCTOBER 2015 (POST COURIER) --- This follows the milestone announcement by the International Rugby League Federation that PNG will co-host the 2017 World Cup with Australia and New Zealand.
The PNG Kumuls will play three pool matches in Port Moresby.
This comes off the back of the National Government spending billions of kina to build three state of the art facilities, primarily for the XV Pacific Games earlier this year.
Already the world governing body of soccer, FIFA have eyes focussed on whether PNG can host next year’s World Cup U20 women’s tournament.
There is no prouder person right now than the hard-working Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko. "This is a coup for PNG Rugby League and our people.
"For the International Rugby League Federation and Australian and New Zealand Rugby League’s to give their vote of confidence…this is indeed an historical occasion," he said.
"Our National Government took the challenge on, to bring Rugby League back onto its feet, and here we are today accepting the challenge to co-host World Cup 2017," he added.
I personally congratulate Sandis Tsaka and his Board and I look forward to the ongoing partnership with all other stakeholders as we prepare for 2017, Tkatchenko said.
Rugby League World Cup 2017 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, welcomed the announcement while in Sydney with the PNG delegation that included Tkatchenko, Sports vice-minister Labi Amaiu and National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.
"We are excited about taking the Rugby League World Cup to one of the world’s most passionate Rugby League nations," Brown said.
"We welcome the support of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Governor Powes Parkop and look forward to working with them to deliver a world class event for the people of Papua New Guinea." Brown said....PACNEWS