By BURI GABI
PORT Moresby South Rugby League president, Ben Nime (right), is crying foul over the lack of support from business houses and local MPs from the Moresby south electorate for failing to support the competition.
The competition has attracted more than 16,000 youths in the electorate.
Nime said the league had been relying on affiliation and player registration fees to run the competition, which has only two rounds remaining before it enters into the finals.
He and his committee had drafted letters which were sent to various business houses in the city, including National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop for assistance but to date there had been no response.
He said most of the youths playing in the competition were unemployed.
They had to go their own way to raise money to pay for their player registration fees.
He added that most of them depended on selling betelnut and cigarettes to raise money to pay their fees.
Nime said he wanted to see youths take up sports seriously and refrain from illegal activities.
However, he added that it was a very sad day for rugby league at the sub-urban level for not receiving any assistance from the business community.
Meanwhile, Nime commended Telikom (PNG) Limited chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Loko for the continuous support given to the league over the years.
He said the company had given K5,000 to buy trophies and other awards for the teams that would be competing in the finals.
He added that other business houses should emulate the initiative that Telikom had taken in supporting youths in communities taking up sporting activities.
He said youths were very important people in PNG and would be the future leaders of Papua New Guinea.
“In order to put them in a correct path way, it is very important that necessary assistance is given to show them the positive values of life,” Nime said.