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Western Highlands Taekwondo Team No Funding

The 2017 PNG Games is weeks away and yet Team Western Highlands has no funding.

Former Vice President of Taekwondo PNG, and also the Western Highlands Taekwondo Instructor, Simon Kama is urging the Western Highlands Sports Council to state clear their view.

Kama says his 16-member squad is ready to take on the game if funding is available.

The team has been preparing for the PNG Games for almost a year.

However, Instructor Kama, who is a black belt, says this year’s game will be different if the team won’t make it.

Kama said the Western Highlands Sports Council is not talking, or holding meetings for all the codes in preparation for the 2017 PNG Games.

Team Western Highlands Taewondo have some strong, and experienced fighters who took part in previous PNG Games, and the last Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

The Instructor himself started his Taekwondo career at age 12, and have been instructing for over 30 years.

Kama says the Taekwondo Sport in PNG lacks progressing, because Executives in Port Moresby do not look for good fighters outside of POM.

Team Western Highlands is yet to receive funding to make travelling arrangements and buy new uniforms.

Kama says the team is still confused whether to take the risk traveling by road and sea, to West New Britain Province or by air.

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