19 Sep 2008

Papua New Guinea sports minister says new sports policy will benefit the disabled

1:50 pm on 19 September 2008

The silver medal win by Papua New Guinea's paralympian Francis Kompaon at the just ended Games in Beijing comes at a time when the country is ready to implement a new sports development policy.

Kompaon created history when he finished second by just 100th of a second behind Australia's Heath Francis to become the first Pacific athlete to win a medal at a Paralympics.

The Minister for Sport Dame Carol Kidu says the win is an inspiration to the disabled.

She says the new policy for sports development and donor funding they can reach the grass roots level.

"And of course for nurturing disabled sports we need to get into the villages and settlements throughout the country because the majority of our disabled people don't end up in schools formal systems of school they don't get to school so we have to get out there."