12 Jan 2015

Sport: PNG fail in funding bid for Hockey World League

12:42 pm on 12 January 2015

There will be no Pacific team in Round 2 of the Hockey World League after Papua New Guinea failed in a late pitch for funding.

Fiji won the men's and women's Round 1 events in December but withdrew from competing in the second round due to a lack of finance.

PNG expressed an interest in taking their place in Singapore and Delhi but the President of the Papua New Guinea Hockey Federation, Kaluwin Potuan, says their funding application to the government was not successful.

"Everyone in Oceania understands that funding is a problem because of the concentration of funding is on the Pacific Games, which will be in PNG. The government is unable to provide the funding for us. For the men's to Singapore it's about 300,000 Kina [while the women's team] going to India maybe half a million - 800,000 for two teams alone".

Kaluwin Potuan says the region will be much better equipped to send teams to the next World League series in two years time, which falls in the middle of the Pacific Games cycle.