PNG Taekwondo Federation (PNGTF) received a cheque of K100, 000 yesterday under the Sports Enhancement Program from the Sports Ministry to train, improve and prepare for the 2015 Pacific Games.
The money is earmarked for purchase of new equipment to assist Taekwondo athletes prepare for the Pacific Games which will be held in Port Moresby.
While presenting the cheque, Sports and 2015 Pacific Games Minister, Justin Tkatchenko said:
“It is the biggest year PNG has ever felt in terms of construction and infrastructure of games venues and serious training for our sportsmen and women.”
Tkatchenko said Taekwondo is one of the sports that has the prospect of taking 18 gold medals, and encouraged the athletes to put every effort in training.
PNGTF Vice President, Ms Sylvia Pascoe was grateful and expressed the federation’s gratitude. She also highlighted the gold medal potential Taekwondo has with their athletes’ performance at the Mini SP Games in Wallis and Futuna.
“Taekwondo won 10 silver medals in the recently held Mini Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna and we are looking forward to going one more step up once we get the equipment.”
36 elite athletes are currently training under the watchful eyes of national coach Edward Kassman and will travel in March to participate in the Victorian Championships in Australia.
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