Team Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the first contingent to arrive at the Honiara International Airport this morning and head into camp in preparation for the SOL 2023 XVII Pacific Games.
They now join their advance team that was already here last Friday, November 10th.
Team PNG consists of 483 athletes and 22 team officials who will compete in 21 different sports during the games.
Chef De Mission (CDM) Mrs. Faye Zina Lalo expressed her excitement: “Today marks my third visit to the Solomon Islands, and I’m thrilled to be here with my team for this year’s games in Honiara.
“Our athletes have trained rigorously under the leadership of their officials. We expect the PNG athletes to give their best in various sports, both as individuals and as teams.
“I have faith and hope that Team PNG will perform exceptionally in this year’s events and secure medals.”
Mrs. Lalo further expressed her team’s commendation towards the host, the Solomon Islands, stating that PNG is delighted to render a supporting role in technical capacity and infrastructure that fosters the true Melanesian spirit.
The team manager called on the PNG community to come out in numbers and cheer for Team PNG during the games.
Tonga is the second contingent to arrive today.
The rest of the participating countries are expected to be here this week ahead of the game’s opening ceremony this coming Sunday, November 19.