Morobe Kickboxing Association has begun squad training in the hope to win gold in the PNG games.
Sixty young fighters are training to make the last thirty. But, the association’s President, Gabriel James, says support is needed for the squad.
Morobe kickboxing hopefuls are training to make the last thirty to represent the host Province’s Kickboxing team.
It’s their sparring session today whilst the city rests these athletes are busy preparing for the upcoming games.
Joshua Dura, an upcoming kickboxer is loud and shows the confidence in the team.
“There isn’t much to say, my boys are ready,” he says.
The train on squad made up of four female fighters are trained by a dedicated coaching team that includes amateur KB 1 champion, Oxciy Penali.
“ I’ve fought in many championships around the country, so I am passing on the experience,” he says.
Morobe Kickboxing hasn’t received the exposure needed to promote the sport in Morobe Province. More children, with athletic talent are involved in Sport like Rugby Union and Rugby League.
Both Sport have far more exposure, followed closely by Soccer. It has been difficult to develop kickboxing in Morobe. Financial support for the sport has been difficult to find.
The frustrated Morobe Kickboxing Association President, Gabriel James, couldn’t hold back what he had bottled up for many years.
He says the Morobe Sport committee should help teams organize better for the PNG games to give the host Province the upper hand.
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