Papua New Guinea at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Papua New Guinea at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
NOCPapua New Guinea Olympic Committee
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors8 in 5 sports
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Papua New Guinea is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It will be the nation's tenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics.


The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 0 1 1
Boxing 1 0 1
Sailing 1 1 2
Swimming 1 1 2
Weightlifting 1 1 2
Total 4 4 8


Papua New Guinea received a universality slot from the World Athletics to send a female athlete to the Olympics.[2]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Rellie Kaputin Women's long jump


Papua New Guinea received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send the men's lightweight boxer John Ume to the Olympics.[3]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
John Ume Men's lightweight


Papua New Guinean sailors qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the class-associated World Championships, and the continental regattas, marking the country's recurrence to the sport for the first time in 28 years.[3][4]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Te'ariki Numa Men's Laser
Rose-Lee Numa Women's Laser Radial

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Papua New Guinea received a universality invitation from FINA to send two top-ranked swimmers (one per gender) in their respective individual events to the Olympics, based on the FINA Points System of June 28, 2021.[3]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ryan Maskelyne Men's 200 m breaststroke
Judith Meauri Women's 50 m freestyle


Papua New Guinea entered two weightlifters (one per gender) into the Olympic competition. Rio 2016 Olympian Morea Baru (men's 61 kg), with the veteran Dika Toua (women's 49 kg) becoming the first female from her nation to compete in five Olympics, topped the list of weightlifters from Oceania in their respective weight categories based on the IWF Absolute Continental Rankings.[3]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Morea Baru Men's −61 kg
Dika Toua Women's −49 kg 72 95 167


  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympics. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Road to Olympic Games 2020". World Athletics. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Five Athletes join Team PNG for the Tokyo Olympics". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. 18 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. ^ Anderson, Talei (21 February 2020). "Sport: PNG sailor takes dad's lead in pursuing Olympic dream". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 25 February 2020.

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