Papua New Guinea has now been introduced to a new sport call “Handball”.
Athletes for all sporting codes like rugby union, basketball, netball and soccer have registered their interest to play in this latest sport.
Handball is a complex and dynamic sport, the movements are natural movements of the body like running and jumping.
Top Level coach, Frantisek Taborski, a 71 year-old coach from the Czech Republic, has 58 years of experience in the sport and has been conducting a week long handball coaching clinic at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
In the clinic participants went through attacking drills and were taught how to defend.
Handball in layman terms “are movement of the ball with hands to score from one goal to another by dribbling, throwing and passing.
PNG Handball Federation Vice President, Pomai Ponialou, said their idea of bringing this latest sport into the country was to involve athletes from all sports and people who are interested in looking to move to other centers.
The ball used in the game is similar to a mini soccer ball and is passed by hands, as in netball, on a playing court to score in water-polo goalposts. The game consists of up to 14 players with seven playing and seven on the bench.
Although exhausting, handball does not have much aggression and body contact and is a lot of fun judging from the delighted looks on the faces of the participants.
The sport will have an exhibition match on Saturday and everyone is welcome to attend and see what handball is all about.
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