20 Dec 2014

Sport: PNG hockey confident of funding

11:17 am on 20 December 2014

The Papua New Guinea Hockey Federation will find out next week whether it has the funding to compete in the World League Round 2 events in the new year.

The PNG men's and women's team finished runners-up behind Fiji at last week's regional qualifying tournaments in Suva.

But Fiji has announced it won't send their women's team to Delhi in March due to a lack of finance, while the men's team have three weeks to fund a trip to Singapore in January.

The President of the PNG Hockey Federation, Kaluwin Potuan, says they are ready to step into the breach and have applied to the government for additional funding.

"It's good for us because of the Pacific Games which is coming up next year. Also it gives the players the opportunity to play other quality teams that are playing in the Asian countries. I know it is short notice but we will try and see if we can get the funding. We have been talking to some people in the system that we can get some funding. If the government gives the funding that's an opportunity for us to go a bit further up and also the world rankings."

Kaluwin Potuan says he expects to hear back from the government on Monday or Tuesday and is under the impression that if their application is successful they will be entitled to send both teams.