The National, Monday, May 2, 2011
TAEKWONDO athletes from registered organisations with the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC) will be fighting for spots in the national squad to participate at the 11th Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia in August.
The fighters will be competing at the national selection trials at the Correctional Services gymnasium at Bomana, outside Port Moresby.
Since taekwondo was suspended by the PNGSFOC executive earlier this year, an interim committee was appointed to facilitate the election of a new executive to finalise the athletes and a management team to represent PNG.
Interim committee member Ower Illa said taekwondo was looking at fielding a strong team of 26 athletes comprising 13 men and 13 women to enhance their chances of taking out more medals at the games.
Taekwondo is one of the sports, which has performed well at the Pacific Games in the past and he said he was confident they would continue to improve from their previous performance.
The selection trial is expected to attract a good number of athletes both men and women from the National Capital District and around PNG and will be conducted under strict World Taekwondo Federation rules.
Further details and information on the event and registration can be obtained from the tournament coordinator Edward Kassman on 7219 9349.