By BURI GABI
SPORT Taekwondo PNG is now focusing on equipping their athletes with skills and tactics for future challenges when they represent PNG abroad.
Sport Taekwondo PNG secretary Edward Kassman told The National in an interview recently that after completion of training programmes for his two students Brian Gila and Terry Leo.
Both Leo and Gila are based in Lae, but have decided to remain in Port Moresby after the 4th PNG Games to undergo basic training on kicking and tactical skills.
Kassman said the duo said it was a great opportunity to attend training because the skills gained would be passed on to fighters back in their local clubs in Morobe province.
“It is part of next year’s programmes to enhance skills of coaches from respective clubs throughout PNG and assist fighters in the other parts of the country,” Kassman said.
He also said that the Autonomous Region of Bougainville had put their hands up to host the national championships in July.
A squad will then be selected to represent PNG at the Oceania Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia, this year and the 2011 Pacific Games.
Currently, six centres have affiliated to the Sport Taekwondo PNG – they are Autonomous Region of Bougainville, National Capital District, Central, Oro, Morobe and East New Britain.
Kassman is also appealing to interested people who are willing to join Sport Taekwondo PNG to call him at the Institute of Business Studies if they are will to undergo skills training in the code.