The National- Tuesday, January 18, 2011
By HENRY MORABANG
THE PNG Amateur Boxing Union, in conjunction with the NCD Boxing Association, will host the NCD Governor’s Cup which will double as the national selection trials this Easter weekend at Sir John Guise Indoor Complex in Port Moresby.
At a joint-meeting last week, PNGABU general secretary John Avira and the NCDABA president Honk Kiap agreed for NCDABA to stage the trials.
Avira urged all boxing associations in the country to send their team for selection trails where the union would choose a team for the Arafura Games in Darwin in May and also the Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, in September.
He said there would be a development team selected in preparation for the Pacific Games in 2015 in Port Moresby.
Avira reminded all centres to affiliate to the union with an affiliation fee of K250.
The Governor’s Cup following AIBA rules is exclusively for senior boxers – male and female.
For more information, associations must contact tournament director Dick Larry on 76529630.
Honk added that NCD would also use the trials to finalise its Arafura team.
He said the trials would be seen as a major tournament which has attracted a significant amount of prize money with K25,000 for first place, K15,000 for second place and third place will take home K10,000 which will go directly to the winning associations.
The local organising committee will arrange the prizes which will be made known to the participating teams prior to the national boxing trails.
Both Avira and Kiap have extended the invitation to all associations in country to register.
They said because there is prize money involved, it would be appropriate the association would have to pay fees to take part in the tournament while NCD Boxing Association will be in charge of collecting gate receipts.
Kiap said NCD would also be holding various other sporting activities, with the PNGABU-NCD Amateur Boxing Association trials being the highlight of the sporting weekend.
The NCDABA boxing officials said they would set up the committee to oversee the preparation including accommodation and internal transport.