Image Credits – Photo by Hanna Lassen / Getty Images for the Australian Olympic Committee

Papua New Guinea track and field athlete Rellie Kaputin, road to qualifying for the #Tokyo2020 Olympics.

Rellie, like many other Pacific athletes, has faced significant challenges in completing final training programs and critical qualifying events due to the impact of COVID-19.Now, thanks to the support from the Australian Government’s #PacificAusSports program, Rellie has been able to train and compete in qualification events in Australia.  

About #PacificAusSports programme 

Through PacificAus Sports, the Australian government and the Australian Olympic Committee will support over 170 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from eleven Pacific nations to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Specifically, the partnership will support an estimated 150 Olympic athletes from the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu to secure a spot on their respective Olympic Games’ teams. 

An additional twenty Paralympic athletes will represent Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.