VICE Minister for Sports, Wesley Raminai on Wednesday visited the office of the PNG Olympic Committee.
Raminai was met by PNG Olympic Committee President, Sir John Dawanincura and Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla.
They took him on a tour of the office where he met other senior management and staff of the organization.
Sir John welcomed the Vice Minister and thanked him for taking time to visit the home of Team PNG and also extended his thanks to the Prime Minister and Sports Minister, Peter O’Neill.
Raminai was later given a comprehensive brief on the PNG Olympic Committee by Sir John and Rapilla.
In the meeting they discussed about PNG Olympic Committee’s programmes and partnership with the government and stakeholders.
PNG Olympic Committee’s stakeholders included the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which it is a member of, as well as its corporate partners and affiliated Members.
The presentation featured the structure of the PNG Olympic Committee, its Strategic Direction for 2016-2020 as well as the road ahead for Team PNG which features the 2017 Pacific Mini Games (this December), the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Pacific Games and the 2020 Olympic Games.
Sir John and Rapilla also outlined to the Vice Minister the 2015 Pacific Games Legacy Funds, and PNG Olympic Committee’s budget submission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
They also advised that PNG Olympic Committee is in the process of updating the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the PNG Sports Foundation.
The MOU outlines the roles and responsibilities of the two sports organisations, their structures and relationship, use of resources and types of programs, access to facilities and areas of co-operation.
“The government is an important partner of the PNG Olympic Committee and we are delighted for the opportunity to meet with the Vice Minister, and discuss some important issues,” Rapilla said.
Among the items discussed was PNG Olympic Committee’s vision to build the ‘PNG Olympic Haus’ which will be a permanent residence for the organization and Team PNG..
The Olympic Haus will feature Office space, a resource centre for its member National Federations, a training and learning centre, the Team PNG Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame and an athletes lounge.
PNG Olympic Committee is currently looking for land for this project while the design for the building is being done and finalized.
The establishment of the Olympic Haus will be a great feature for the PNG Olympic Committee which is quickly becoming a one of the most active and rapidly growing National Olympic Committees in the Pacific region.