PNG joins athletes at Games in UK

FIVE years of build-up has become a reality after the 22nd Commonwealth Games began in Birmingham in England at the weekend.
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The PNG team at the Games. Picture by Glyn Kirk, courtesy of Radio New Zealand

Staff Reporter

More than 5000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories are in the West Midlands to compete in 19 sports and 280 medal events.
 
They included the 12 Pacific nations, including Papua New Guinea.
 
Tonga's two flag-bearers continued the national tradition of being oiled-up for an opening ceremony.
 
The opening ceremony took place in Birmingham's Alexander Stadium where the crowd was treated to a wide range of choreographed performances.
 
Para athlete Naibili Vatunisolo and lawn bowler Semesa Naiseruvati led Team Fiji.
 
Vatunisolo and Naiseruti were dressed in traditional masi attires while the athletes and officials were in Fiji's traditional blue.
 

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