The National – Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE stage is set for the 2010 National Kickboxing championships in Mendi this Friday with all preparations at the Momei Oval set for the three-day event.
President of the PNG Kickboxing Association (PNGKA) Stanley Nandex revealed yesterday that more than 300 fighters will compete in the event.
He said tickets were selling fast with K10 for adults and K5 per child and already the event was anticipated to draw between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators.
Nandex said fighters from all around the country would be pouring into Mendi today and tomorrow for the official weighing tomorrow evening.
“Community support as well as that of business houses is overwhelming with the atmosphere here is pumping up for an exciting weekend of kickboxing,” Nandex said.
He added that accommodation for the fighters had been prepared along with the ring as well as all other technical aspects associated with the bouts.
Nandex also cautioned to the public and to those travelling into Mendi that security would be a priority for the event with the police being involved as well and welcomed everyone to make the event a safe and successful tournament.
He added that there also would be a liquor ban which should enable things to run smoothly and also welcomed families to go along to the event and enjoy it as part of the festivities for the Christmas season.
Winners of the event will be announced according to the final medal tally and will receive both cash and trophies.
The three-day event will cost K75,000.
The last major kickboxing show held in Mendi was in 2001 when Nandex himself fought in an international bout there.