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Preparation for boxing squad intact, training looks positive

Poleaxed and down for the count. The Papua New Guinea Boxing Union has been hit below the belt by a vicious blow.

There is no other way to describe their status on the canvas as they struggle to find their footing to regain their composure.

The referee has given the standing eight count – but there looks to be no end in sight for the ailing sport that continues to deliver the medals at the Pacific Games – but still can’t gain any traction from the corporate community to support them back on their two feet again.

That frustration has now hit a brick-wall as they continue to beg without success.

That reality has further hit home as they have been blindsided with a further dilemma to
come up with a K2,500 levy for each of their 18 athletes in order to perform for their country at the forthcoming 17th Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands from November 19 to December 2.

As the deadline to pay up is today, PNGBU president Dr Gideon Kendino is at one’s wits end on the prospect of not going.

Dr Kendino knows all sports heading to Honiara are faced with this levy as well for each athlete and are probably pushing the boundaries to secure the funding.

“For boxing however, all our efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

“Nobody wants to partner with us (boxing).

“We are a sport that has the capacity to rake in the medals, no matter what colour it is.”

As tomorrow (today) is the deadline to pay the levies which includes for the officials as well, Dr Kendino is appealing for a Good Samaritan to reach out and support their cause in whatever little way possible to get back on their feet again.

He said their lead-up preparation to go to Honiara has already been hampered with their inability to attend important lead-up training and bouts oversees in the Philippines and Australia.

“Our saving grace at this stage is our major fundraiser which is the annual Kokoda Boxing Challenge set for October 8 at Lamana’s Gold Club Arena.

“It’s set to be an actioned filled day with our top male and female fighters taking on a team of top fighters that will include several New South Wales champions.

“Our very own Olympian John Ume, Pacific Games gold medalist Charlie Keama and Australian Golden Gloves champion Allan Oake are amongst the international bouts with a host of supporting local bouts,” added Dr Kendino.

He said the challenge is being facilitated by the PNGBU and Boxing Australia (New South Wales).

PNG coach Mark Keto said despite the hiccup of not getting much needed real time competition oversees for the squad, the team is looking forward to the Kokoda Challenge to help gauge themselves.

“Preparations wise the squad is intact with training looking positive with two sessions a day over five days in a week.”

Keto also confirmed that several changes have been made to the squad, with three members pulling out.

Keto took the opportunity to thank the PNG Sports Foundation for allowing them to use their facility, plus the valuable contribution from the PNG Olympic Committee, Kumul Consolidated Holdings and the National Fisheries Authority.