Kickboxing returns to stage

Picture Caption: (Front; L-R) Fighter and Powerhouse Kickboxing promoter in PNG Rickson Yamo PNGKBF President Stanley Nandex join hands as a gesture of reconciliation while (Back; L-R) General Secretary of PNGKBF, Eddie Kavina, VICE President PNGKBF, Paul Kiripe and PNGKBF National Coordinator , Micah Oki looks on.

By STAYCEY YALO

PNG Kickboxing Federation is making a comeback. The first tournament on its card is the national championships set to be held in Goroka from November 5-7.

The tournament will see 19 provinces battling it out in professional and armature divisions for a spot in the upcoming PNG Games in Kimbe, Wast New Britain and also for a spot in the World Championships in Argentina next year.

President of the PNGKBF, Stanley Nandex said the sport has done very well in the past few years and it should continue to do so.

Nandex who came out to the media recently to announce the national championships also welcomed onboard renounced fighter, Rickson Yamo onboard.

Yamo and the federation for years had misunderstandings in the past but had decided to push that aside and focus on the future of kickboxing.

“Due to circumstances from international influence, some of our fighters had been led by foreign promoters. That had resulted in disagreement within the organization which had affected development in this sport. Nevertheless, we have decided to set those differences aside and come together.

“We are looking towards something more positive now. For the good of the organization and its members, our sponsors and the public, we’ve decided to put our differences aside and restructure our organization and work towards developing other disciplines for 2018 and beyond,” said Nandex.

He said kickboxing like many other sports has maintained international and national titles and it needed to be recognized and supported by the government.

“We have invited the Vice Sports Minister to the opening of the national championships as a way of seeking government partnership. The government should focus on supporting sporting codes which produce results.”

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