The National, Thursday 24th November 2011
By SAMUEL RAITANO
NATIONAL Court Judge Ambeng Kandakasi says the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL)should have its affiliation powers decentralised to each province.
Justice Kandakasi made this remark, while pointing out that PNGRFL should be relieved of the burden of being the sole body in charge of all leagues affairs in order to focus on a bigger picture of the code at the international level.
Kandakasi made this known yesterday while presiding over a case in which the PNGRFL had an in-house dispute on the setting and commencing of the annual general meeting date and the conditions for inclusion.
Kandakasi said in order to have a fair representation in the much-loved sport it was time that the PNGRFL had provincial headquarters so that minor leagues could be affiliated with them.
“In this way there will be fair representation and shared responsibility among the leagues,” Kandakasi said.
He added that with incentives like the PNGNRL Bid going on, provincial headquarters could be dealing with all minor leagues within it, so that when it came to a meeting such as the AGM of the PNGRFL board, representatives of provincial arms could attend.
It is understood that in the current arrangement, all leagues in the country were affiliated directly with PNGRFL, in which certain regions tended to have more leagues than others.
Kandakasi’s comment also took into consideration the expense by PNGRFL when hosting annual general meetings in which representatives of each league had to be taken care of.
He said with the establishment of PNGRFL arms in each province, aspiring leagues would also have the access to the offices to have their petitions and queries attended to more effectively.