Sport: PNG govt says World Cup leaves lasting legacy for sport and women

1:48 pm on 7 December 2016

The Papua New Guinea government says the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup has left a lasting legacy for sport and women in the country.

Fireworks celebrate the end of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Port Moresby.

Fireworks celebrate the end of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Port Moresby. Photo: Facebook / Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP

The tournament concluded at the weekend with North Korea defeating France 3-1 in the final at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

PNG's Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, said two new stadiums were built for the World Cup, which will now be used by local sporting federations.

"Which are first class, internationally accredited. The fields have been certified by FIFA as better than actually New Zealand they said...that's what they stated in the report," he said.

"One of the stadiums is now dedicated to PNG Football - PNGFA have their own dedicated stadium and facilities, which they never had.

"The other stadium at Bava Park will be utilised for touch rugby and rugby union so now those two sporting codes have a facility that they never had and can utilise."

Bava Park will become the home of touch rugby and rugby union in PNG.

Bava Park will become the home of touch rugby and rugby union in PNG. Photo: Facebook / Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP

Justin Tkatchenko said the PNG team performed exceptionally during the tournament and were excellent ambassadors for their country.

"The experience that they have gained out of this competition will be a lifetime memory for them and take them to the next level," he said.

"And hopefully inspire many other young Papua New Guinean girls - no matter what sport it is - to get up there and have a go and be a sporting female hero and these young girls have really become role models for other young girls to show that you can be a world superstar, you can get up there and be in the limelight and be somebody."

The PNG Football Stadium, next to Sir John Guise Stadium, will become the new home of football in Papua New Guinea.

The PNG Football Stadium, next to Sir John Guise Stadium, will become the new home of football in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Facebook / Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP

Justin Tkatchenko said the coverage of the tournament went around world and was priceless exposure for Papua New Guinea.

He said the country proved it is capable of hosting more international sporting events in future.

The PNG Under 20 women's team line-up before their World Cup opener against Brazil.

The PNG Under 20 women's team line-up before their World Cup opener against Brazil. Photo: PNG Football Association

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