The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013
INDONESIAN Ambassador Andreas Sitepu is keen to sign a memorandum of understanding between the PNG government and Indonesia for sports between the two countries.
Sitepu said this during a brief meeting with World Kickboxing Federation delegates including WKF’s director and CEO Fritz Exenberger, head of referee’s Gerald Dittrich, Papua New Guinea Kickboxing Association general secretary Eddie Kavina, Thunderlegs International promoter Robert Wilesmith and partner Lina.
WKF and PNGKBA have given the thumbs up for the MOU between the two neighboring countries as a step to flourish the code over the years.
“This MOU will not only include kickboxing but other sports as well to promote, develop the ongoing relationship between the two countries,” Sitepu said.
“The programme will support both countries preparation through sports in the international level in the long run to advance and progress,” he said.
He said he was unaware that two Indonesian’s Eka Areka and Alfa Tugabus were scheduled to fight in PNG and made commitments for years to come.
The two Indonesian fighters Areka and Tubagus had long term plans for exchange fights between PNG and Indonesia.
Tugabus said this would be an excellent opportunity and preparation to meet other international fighters in the future.
WKF’s Exenberger said that Indonesian fighters needed the support of their government as the sport was recognised worldwide and fighters benefit for international events for International recognitions.
PNGKBA Kavina said that the MOU would strengthen the relationship between both countries’ athletes.