Taekwondo PNG gets new coach


TAEKWONDO Papua New Guinea has appointed Master Andy Rutten as its technical and Olympic coach to head preparations for the Oceania Taekwondo Olympic Qualifiers on the Gold Coast in Australia.
President John Cholai said Rutten’s experience with PNG fighters would be vital for the qualifiers.
“Master Rutten has had considerable experience with the PNG Olympic teams, taking Theresa Tona to the 2012 Olympics (London) and Maximillian and Samantha Kassman to the 2016 Olympics (Rio),” he said in a statement.
“He was also our coach for the 2015 Pacific Games.”
Cholai also announced a tournament for Nov 9 in Port Moresby where selected athletes would undergo training for the qualifiers.
He said the core group of fighters to represent Papua New Guinea in the qualifiers would consist of Pacific Games silver medallists Bobby Willie, Steven Tommy and Rosemary Tona.
The qualifiers will determine the top-four athletes (two men and two women) to represent Oceania at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

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