Papua New Guinea athletes qualify for Birmingham 2022

It came good news for Commonwealth Games fans, where for the first time two athletes from the island country Papua New Guinea qualified in Weightlifting and the other two athletes from table tennis at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Under the regional qualification process assigned by the Commonwealth Games Federation, Weightlifters Dika Toua and Morea Baru and table tennis players Geoffrey Loi and Tammy Agari have been qualified.

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Papua New Guinea athletes qualify for Birmingham 2022

It will be the fifth appearance for Toua, a record-breaking weightlifter in the 53 kg category to qualify at the commonwealth games. Toua is the first female weightlifter to compete for the fifth time at the Olympic Games and has also been awarded a gold medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Auvita Rapilla, the secretary-general of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) was happy to confirm the four athletes to represent the country at the upcoming 2022 games.
Toua will also compete in the 48 kg women’s category, while Morea Baru a PNG team-mate will compete in the men’s 61 Kg category.

Baru was also a strong competitor at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, where at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games he claimed a silver medal.

Geoffrey Loi will be participating in his second commonwealth games, the first was at the 2018 edition, while it will be a great moment for Agari to mark his debut appearance at the 2022 Birmingham games.

The PNGOC and its justification committee endorsed six sports for the upcoming Commonwealth games: athletics, boxing, squash, table tennis, swimming, and weightlifting. As several qualifying competitions are still taking place in the coming weeks, the final endorsements of athletes are yet to be concluded.

Coaches and para-athletes from athletics and powerlifting are currently attending a training camp at Birmingham University.

Michael Henao, team PNG’s Chef de Mission, attended last month’s open days for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

During his visit to the Chef de Mission meeting, Henao confirmed the Games accommodation, and residential venues and services, as well as athlete’s offices, services, administration facilities, medical and recovery chambers, competition venues, and the media center. So far the athletes from Papua New Guinea have participated in Fourteen editions of the Commonwealth Games and have been successful in claiming 14 medals in five sports events.

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