By GABRIEL FITO
PNG Kickboxing Association president Stanley Nandex launched the East Sepik Kickboxing Association at the Catholic St Francis Hall in Wewak, East Sepik province, yesterday.
The ceremony also coincided with the opening of the selection trials for East Sepik fighters to the 10th Momase Regional Championships slated for June 15-16.
Speaking during the launch, Nandex commended Mark Sai, the fighter who introduced the code to the province in 2002, and urged local businesses, the provincial governemt and the publicto support the sport.
He said kickboxing was a great sporting code that promoted good attitudes and behaviour among young men and women.
Nandex said with the increase in law and order problems, and other associated social issues such as HIV/AIDS, disciplined sports should be encouraged at all levels because the code could help adress these problems by changing peoples personal attitudes.
The former world kickboxing champion also challenged Papua New Guineans to be champions in their own right whether in sports, their careers or their personal lives.
Nandex said Papua New Guineans should always aim high by doing what they could to the best of their ability to become champions in life.
He also congratulated the East Sepik Kickboxing Association for being the current national champions as rated after the completion of the recent PNG Games in Port Moresby last year, where East Sepik fighters won five gold medals.