Oceania

Nauru to debut at Oceania rugby this month

The Oceania Rugby Cup (formally known as the FORU Cup) was first played across New Caledonia, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea in 2007.  It is Oceania Rugby’s longest serving tournament.

The PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) will host the Oceania Cup for the next four years with Interim Chairman Sydney Yates saying that it is the perfect opportunity to grow the game in PNG, in light of the challenges surrounding the hosting of such events.

“To have the rights to host the Oceania Cup is indeed a huge boost to our morale,” Yates said.

Oceania tennis lament relegation

The regional team failed to win a match in their first appearance in 18 years after being swept 3-0 by China, Indonesia and South Korea to finish bottom of Pool B, consigning them to automatic relegation back to Group Two in 2020.

Team Captain Gilles De Gouy said the players failed to take their chances against more experienced opposition.

Increased meth production in China aimed at Oceania

The head of the secretariat, Seve Paeniu, said it believed this stems from a significant increase in production in China, driven by demand for the drug in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Paeniu said countries in Micronesia and Melanesia were also experiencing an increase in the use of methamphetamines, with a resulting rise in criminal acitivity and accompanying societal issues.

He said efforts to combat the trend had uncovered both local and foreign involvement in the illegal trade alongside the increase in criminals being deported in the region.

Oceania set to attend first FINA Swimming for All clinic

It was announced at the recent 2016 FINA World Aquatics Convention in Windsor, Canada by FINA President Julio Maglione.

“We need to work together to make the world a better place. With this in mind, we are committed to providing free programmes to help reduce death by drowning and increase access to the sport worldwide. It is crucial that we continue to address the World Health Organisation’s alarming statistics warning that drowning is a serious and neglected global health issue.”

Oceania FIFA U17 Men’s World Cup on the cards

The stakes are higher than ever this year, with the 17th edition of the competition being the first to offer two OFC nations berths in the FIFA youth tournament.

The 2015 edition’s runners-up Tahiti will host preliminary champions Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and five-time consecutive champions, New Zealand, in Papeete for the 24 matches.

The excitement is set to play out in two locations – Stade Mahina for Group A and Stade Pater for Group B – with the latter also gearing up to host the final.

Cook Islands, Fiji impress in Oceania Youth Netball Qualifiers

 The Baby Black Pearls prevailed 42-37 and Coach John Glassie said, with five countries vying for three spots in Botswana next year, it sets them up well for the rest of the tournament.

"They're older and a little bit more mature so we knew we were going in for a tough game. If we win two out of the next three games that potentially puts us in the top two, which is where we want to finish - that automatic qualifier," he said.

Pacific targets big presence at 2020 Paralympics

RNZ reports Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea each had two athletes competing at the Rio Paralympics earlier this month.

The President of the Oceania Paralympic Committee, Paul Bird, said the performance of the Pacific's newest athletes was an encouraging sign for the future.

He said currently most athletes receive wildcards to compete at the Paralympics but they want to see more Pacific representatives qualifying on merit.

Pitch maintenance upskill for Oceania

OFC and PNG Football Association President David Chung highlighted this aspect of facility management during the opening of a three-day FIFA Maintenance Seminar which is being hosted in Port Moresby.


Oceania backs new FIFA President Gianni Infantino

The Swiss was elected FIFA President at the weekend, replacing the suspended Sepp Blatter, who had been in charge since 1998.

All five of the Presidential candidates made a final pitch to Oceania members on the eve of Saturday's vote.

Oceania countries still to decide on next FIFA President

Five candidates are running to replace the suspended Sepp Blatter: the president of the Asian Football Confederation, Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain; FIFA Vice-President, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan; former FIFA executive, Jérôme Champagne of France; Tokyo Sexwale, of South Africa; and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino of Switzerland.