The National, Thursday 15th December 2011
THE grand finals for rugby league and corporate touch will be held in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands on Sunday.
The Kainantu Gateway rugby league and touch competitions were disrupted after the civil unrest few months earlier.
The rugby league grand final will be between Eagles and Tigers while Arokara and Yaka will challenge in the corporate touch grand final.
Major sponsor John Noto is urging supporters, business houses and the general public to come and witness the finals.
He said normalcy had been restored and teams were preparing for the grand final.
Kainantu had a team participating in the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup sanctioned by the PNG Rugby Football league in the town.
The side bowed out in the knockouts.
The touch teams came out victors in the open men and women’s categories during the national championships in Port Moresby.
With the success of these events, Noto is confident players and teams will show sportsmanship during the grand finals on Sunday.
Noto has taken the initiative to restore peace and confidence among the business community by providing trophies and prizes.
He said Gateway Travel Inn and Gateway Bakery had committed K25,000 for the finals.
He also provided K15,000 to the Kainantu rugby league while another K10,000 for corporate touch competitions.
“Sport is the only thing that unites different cultures and tribes. It unites the people of Kainantu and the country.
“As a strong advocate of promoting peace in my area, I want to see unemployed youths enjoy themselves in taking part in sports,” he said.
The Kainantu Gateway Bakery and Travel Inn have assured them that they will continue to sports.