PNG 2024 Regional Youth Games will be hosted in the Highlands and NGI regions

The first Highlands Regional Youth Games will start from July 1 to 6, 2024 at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.

This was confirmed by the Highlands provincial and district representatives at the RYG Consultative Meeting at NSI Goroka last week.

Ms Siviri Lalave, speaking on behalf of the Provincial Executive, Community Development Advisor, acknowledged that EHP has won the bid to host the inaugural Highlands Regional Youth Games.

Ms Lalave added that with Goroka District hosting the games, it will help address youth issues through sports in the province in partnership with non-governmental organizations and churches.

RYG Council Chairman, Mr Joe Itaki, said the Regional Youth Games is a rural-focused sporting concept devised under a tripartite partnership agreement – ​​National Youth Development Authority, PNG Sports Foundation, Department of Community Development and Religion.

The aim is to bring sporting codes closer to rural youth by involving them in LLG trials, district champions and ultimately competing at regional level to be recognized as regional champions.

It creates a pathway for rural youth to be exposed to the mainstream sporting arena, with the opportunity to be scouted for further development. This program also offers space for a day full of cultural activities and religion for all denominations.

Meanwhile, Mr. Richard Andia, Acting Provincial Administrator for New Ireland, confirmed on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 that Kavieng will host the inaugural Regional Youth Games for the NGI Region after the bid was approved by the Chairman of the RYG Council, Mr. Joe Itaki and PNG Sports Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr Albert Veratau of Kavieng Beach Resort.

All provincial and district representatives agree with the decision taken. The dates for the games are from September 9 to 13, 2024, during the three school holidays.

The President of the Council, Mr. Itaki, stressed that the resources are shared by the three agencies, plus the host province, the two regions South and Momase already held their resources in 2022 and 2023 respectively, more than 5000 spectators, players and officials came together in Madang and Alotau, which also boosted the business space in the informal sector.

Preparations are underway to host this year’s Regional Youth Games in Goroka and Kavieng districts.

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