Boxing keen on progress, names side for Fiji


PAPUA New Guinea Boxing Union is keen on maintaining its top billing in the region following the success of last year’s Pacific Games and is building its capacity in administration and developing programmes that can continue the trend.
Despite being run by volunteer administrators, the under-financed PNG Boxing Union, with president John Avira, dominated the Games, winning eight of the 13 gold medals on offer, with all its athletes except one finishing as medallists. The other four won either silver or bronze.
Avira has vowed to build on that performance and develop programmes that would take the sport to greater heights on the world stage.
Union general-secretary Dr Gideon Kendino said: “Avira did a wonderful job under trying conditions and we are determined to help him lift the sport to a whole new level.”
“That (Pacific Games) performance shows that PNG has natural boxing talent but we need to complement that by putting in place systems that will attract more corporate sponsorship to develop the young men and women who are passionate about the sport,” Kendino said.
He said an elite squad of boxers, some of whom were involved in the Olympic programme, needed a next crop of boxers to mentor in order to maintain the quality in depth.
Kendino used the opportunity to announce the team to Fiji. PNG: Joe Ogogo (56kg) (Mekeo), Cornelius Inapi (60kg) (Mekeo), John Ume (64kg) (NCD), Simon Mildner (69kg) (NCD), Peter Miria (75kg) (NCD), Kala Kami (91kg) (NCD); Coach: Mark Keko; Team manager: Mathew Aisa (Mekeo).

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