Karo Lelai was elected Chairperson of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) Athletes' Commission in 2015. Swimming star Ryan Pini has been appointed as her deputy.
As a result of their respective elections, both Pini, the Papua New Guinea Flagbearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Lelai will sit on the PNGOC Executive Board and will have full voting rights.
The PNGOC Athletes Commission has members from across several different sports including cricket, football, athletics, squash, netball, basketball and va’a.
One of the new representatives is Linda Pulsan, who set a masters world record during the 72 kilograms weightlifting competition at the recent 2015 Pacific Games and carried the flag for her nation during the Opening Ceremony of the event.