Taekwondo PNG president Ower Illa said the decision to defer the event was reached by his executives after a review of the current situation.
“The electronic point scoring system and computer software needed to run the event is yet to be brought in from overseas and as such the deferral will give us ample time to uplift it into the country,” Illa said.
“The expert to install and manage the system will travel with the equipment.”
He added that to comply with the World Taekwondo Federation requirements, it was imperative that proper standards and officiating were in place.
“As a custodian of the sport in PNG, we are duty bound to protect and implement WTF interests and rules in all Taekwondo related events and activities, and to ensure compliance to international competition rules and regulations.
“Therefore, the deferral will ensure we meet all these requirements.”
He urged all Taekwondo athletes to consider participating at the event to be eligible for selection for the 2015 Pacific Games squad.
The squad will be comprised of team A and B.
This event will be open to colored belts and black belts.
He also stressed that the participating athletes would have the opportunity to be exposed and experience competing under the electronic point scoring system.
Athletes and club officials can contact event director Edward Kassman on 7219 9349 for more information.
Via – The National
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