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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea flag
Capital
Port Moresby

Population
4,812,000

Independence
1975
National sports hero
Adrian Lam (rugby league)

Watch out for
Jeffrey Bai (400m)

Papua New Guinea has competed in nine Games, their first appearance coming in 1962, and won six medals including one gold.

That success came in lawn bowls in 1990, with boxing bringing most of the other highlights.

They sent a team of 41 to Malaysia in 1998 - and boxer Lynch Ipera brought home the only gong a bronze in the featherweight division.

Did you know?
Papua New Guinea is the only country in the world where rugby league is recognised as the national sport.

It was first played back in 1949 by Australian soldiers but was not taken up by the locals until the late 1960s.

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