By BURI GABI
AN awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS will be one of the major drives during the Southern Regional Boxing championships in Alotau, Milne Bay province over the Easter weekend next April.
Southern Region Boxing Association interim president Dick Larry said it was now time to advocate on issues that were affecting people in the communities and sports had to play a major role in passing the message to the public.
He said the issue on HIV/AIDS was now a major problem in PNG and was increasing at a very fast rate.
He added that sports could be used to drum the message across to the people.
Larry said another item that would be focused on during the challenge was domestic violence.
“It is one of the biggest problem when women become victimised all the time and we trying to put a stop such problems from occurring in our societies,” Larry said.
Tournament director Joe Aufa and chairmanof referees and judicial commission for PNG Joe Efi would also be conducting coaching clinics for referees and technical officials during the championships.
The event was also a great avenue to expose their boxers and to gain experience for the 5th PNG Games in East New Britain province in 2012.
Larry also said it would also be an opportunity to promote the interest of boxing in all provinces in the region.