PNG Games BY KEVIN TEME NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the city is not prepared to host the PNG Games in 2020 or 2021. He made this remarks after learning that the PNG Games will be moved back to the nation’s capital if Southern Highlands is not ready by then. The 8th PNG Games which is supposed to be held next year in Southern Highlands Province will not go ahead as planned, a source from the PNG Sports Foundation revealed. However, John Susuve said the games will be held in SHP but in 2021. “This is an unofficial under rating but discussions are still going on and the decision to host the games in 2021 will come from the PNGOC council,” Susuve said. Parkop said NCD will not host the games if the games are moved back to Port Moresby. That is something they are in discussion but unofficially, it was revealed that the games will be held in 2021. “For us NCD, we are prepared to go up to Southern Highlands to compete as we are the best and we will still attend,” Parkop said. “But to bring the game back to Port Moresby will not be happening as I have other plans for the city and we will not be accepting that offer.” The Governor also said the Hope Cup where two Digicel Cup teams, the Port Moresby Vipers taking on PRK Mendi Muruks at the Joe Keviame Oval in Mendi will be a vehicle to drive important messages to bring back and instill some lost pride in SHP. “We request all Southern Highlanders and the people in and around Mendi and Southern Highlands to be part of this initiative by showing your presence during this program,” Parkop said. Participants of the SHP Hope Cup will include officers of both governors of SHP and NCD and their respective delegation, PNGOC and delegation, PNG Hunters and Kumuls ambassadors, PRK Muruks and Vipers team and their management teams and board. There will be two local sides from the Motu Koitabu and Mendi select side that will play as the curtain raiser to the main match.