Picture caption: Chairman Dr Samson Yokopua, club owner Kiri Cham and tournament director Kepson Pundu.
By JOE GURINA
Golden Kina singles pool competition in Port Moresby is paving way for youths to be engaged in the competition.
It is the biggest singles competition in the country that is backed by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB).
There are total of 80 players taking part in the competition including 16 women players.
Chairman of the competition Dr Sam Yokopua in an interview with this paper said that the competition is hosted in a manner to help youths in the city to find their talents in the sport and seek employment opportunities with having some private business houses taking part in the competition.
“We created the competition with an understanding to engage unemployed youths to participate in the sport and find employment opportunities and better their quality of life,” he said.
“We started the competition in 2015 and it’s been in the running for three years to date and is one of the biggest singles pool competitions in the country with the interest growing.
“It is no mistake to find all the best snooker pool competition players taking part in this competition.”
He said the model of the competition was arranged in a manner of the modern day Robin Hood style –“Get from the rich to serve the poor”.
“We created the competition in a fitting manner to keep the youths off from the streets by engaging them in the sport to mature their mindsets,” he said.
He said NGCB had been the major sponsor of the competition and has so far contributed K300, 000 towards the running of the competition since 2015 with allocating K50,000 towards team competitions and another K50, 000 for the singles competition each year for the three consecutive years.
Owners of Golden Kina Club Bobby Chan and wife Kiri Chan are happy to be host of the competition saying its one w
The managements are chairman Dr Yokopua, tournament director Kepson Pundu, referees director Larsek Joseph.
Registration is a K100 per player that is customized for uniforms. Games are played every Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:30pm.