Is a K700 levy fee justified for the PNG Games?

The 2012 Papua New Guinea Grassroots Games will be held in Kokopo, East New Britain (ENB) in November and the tag ‘grassroots’ signifies the opportunity for the average Joe to be a part of this sporting celebration and showcase their talents. However, for many there is a large brick wall that is stopping them from going any further – and that is the K700 levy fee imposed by the national sporting body.

K700 is a very large amount for grassroots. It would take on average at least a month for most people to earn this amount (if you don’t have any other expenses). This has, too often, resulted in athletes of very high caliber being left out and subsequently the country losing out on potential medals in international events. The levy fee problem can be compared to the idea of bright students leaving school because of fees. But you also have to question why the fees are so high?

If our sporting body was really interested in recruiting raw local sporting talent, then they would have minimized the fees to an affordable amount like K250 per athlete. After all, the more people participate, the better chances you have of finding elites instead of settling for only those who can afford it.

I believe the K700 levy fee is a slap in the face of the average Papua New Guinean with the athletic ability to compete and a major obstacle to sporting development in the country.

Author: Bernard Nolan Sinai

I’m a writer, publisher, IT personnel and martial artist.

One thought on “Is a K700 levy fee justified for the PNG Games?”

  1. It depends on the angle you are looking at this issue:

    1. such a fee has been imposed as it is known to ENB PA that all Provincial Administrations will take care of their athletes;
    2. this fee of K700 will be subsidized by the PAs. Whatever the case maybe, ENB PA have to recoup the money they have spent onbehalf of all athletes therefore such a fee is imposed.

    Nevertheless, the athletes (grassroots) that is are aware of the fees well in advance (say, a year ago); that I know of. And therefore, the athletes have been training as well as contributing towards this games in ENB.

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