By ROBINSON LEKA
The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) has praised the Korean Embassy and the PNG Taekwondo Federation for their ongoing support in developing the sport in the country.
PNGOC deputy secretary-general Andrew Lepani expressed his gratitude to the work of the embassy and federation for hosting the 7th Ambassador’s Cup at the Caritas Technical Secondary School hall in Port Moresby on Saturday.
“Thank you for putting your support behind Taekwondo in PNG and hosting what is a fantastic tournament,” Lepani said.
“I would like to praise all the support that the embassy provides, not only through this tournament but their ongoing support to taekwondo in PNG.”
Lepani was speaking to participants and organisers on the importance of promoting sports and developing elite athletes.
“It’s a very important sport for PNGOC and we’re glad to see it continue to grow and develop”, he said.
“Competitions and tournaments always allow you to measure where you are in term of your progress as an athlete, so the Ambassador’s Cup is very important.
“Events like this allows you to do just that – challenge yourself. That’s very important when it comes to being an elite athlete. Always challeng yourself and always striving to do better.
“Use this as motivation to continue to improve and excel.”
He acknowledged the support of family and friends that contributed to the success of athletes.
“To those who make the athletes’ efforts possible, thank you again for getting behind the athletes,” Lepani said.
“Thank you for supporting the sportand something positive for our youth to do in today’s society.
“It’s good for them to be taking part in taekwondo because it teaches self-discipline and good values. They can then use these values to benefit our country.”
By ROBINSON LEKA