THE Autonomous Bougainville Government is now looking at making rugby league one of the biggest sports in the region which is known for boxing and soccer.
ABG President James Tanis made this known in an interview with The National over the weekend, when he was invited by bemobile to kick off the SBS Muruks and Civpac Vipers match in Port Moresby.
Tanis was at the game watching the match between the Vipers and Muruks which triggered his interest to lure young Bougainvilleans to take part in the competition in the future.
“Rugby league is quite a rare sport in the Autonomous Region and it is not very much popular like boxing, soccer and volleyball, but Bougainvilleans do play rugby league for other be centres and competitions,” Tanis said.
He said this would take quite some time for the team from the rising sun to enter the bemobile cup competition and more emphasis would be put on setting up competitions at the rural and urban level.
Tanis did not give a time frame for the immediate action from the ABG with the general elections approaching next April but according to Tanis, he was planning to return after the election and would start the serious running of the rugby league competitions on Bougainville with the huge backing from the government.