Team PNG in Rio

The first contingent of Team PNG to the Olympics have settled in to Rio and the Games Village.

Despite some minor issues experienced with the Village, it has now become a buzz with teams from all over the world as their athletes arrive to pursue their Olympic dreams.

In the Team PNG rooms, motivational messages from students of various schools in PNG have been placed on the walls providing a welcome reminder to the athletes of the great support from home.

The first two Team PNG athletes to arrive, Raymond Ovinou of Judo and Thadius Katua of Boxing, have gotten straight into their training sessions at the Games training venues.

As part of his training, Katua had a sparing session with a boxer from Thailand today (Friday) and his performance against the more experienced boxer was pleasing according to coaches Allan Nicolson and Joe Aufa.

Katua will be competing on August 6th, the day after the opening ceremony of the Games.

Ovinou is also looking forward to competing and has been adhering to his strict daily training regime with the help of coach Richard Glied.

Both athletes are watching their weight ahead of competition, meaning they haven’t been able to taste the full range of food on offer at the Games Village.

They have however been able to experience some of the other features on offer at the Village including the polyclinic with free dentistry and optometrist, the fully-equipped gym, swimming pool, hair salon and Samsung house where they tried out the virtual reality rollercoaster ride, fast becoming a popular activity for all of the athletes.

Over the next few days the other Team PNG athletes will be arriving to make the contingent complete. They will be arriving in time to take part in Team PNG’s official Games Village welcome ceremony on the 4th of August. A day later the team will join the 206 other nations competing at the Rio Olympics in the Games Opening Ceremony.


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