WITH eight provinces participating at the 4th PNG Games in Port Moresby this year, it had given the PNG Taekwondo Union a chance to elect their office bearers.
It would also give them to opportunity to have say in the running of the organisation.
The officials elected after the taekwondo competition ended last week are Jamuga Stone (president), Simon Kama from Western Highlands province (deputy), Robert Sevese from Morobe (secretary) and Sara Alewai from Central (treasurer).
All the association representatives from NCD, Central, Oro, New Ireland, Western Highlands, East New Britain and New Ireland provinces voted the officials for the PNG Taekwondo Union.
Kama had strongly condemned politics in the sporting body and has urged all the stakeholders to put aside their differences aside and work together for the benefit of the code and young athletes.
He said after reviving the body they were looking at hosting a national championship next year to select a squad for the Mini Pacific Games in 2011.
Kama said taekwondo was an Olympic sport and it should be taken seriously by the PNG Sports Federation and PNG Sports Foundation.
Calls were also made to Minister for Sports Philemon Embel to now consider taekwondo at the next games after huge interest was shown by the youths.
Toogee Taekwondo head instructor in PNG Paul Muriki appealed to other taekwondo bodies under the leadership of Eddie Kassman to team up with PNG Taekwondo union so they could coordinate their competitions and other tournaments to enable better selections of athletes to represent PNG at the 2011 Mini Pacific Game and 2015 South Pacific Games.
PNG Taekwondo has also received an overwhelming support from Motu Koitabu, Bougainville, NCD, New Ireland and other associations in PNG for the benefit of the young sportsmen and women.