PNGKF refutes instructor’s claim of world accreditation

PNGKF refutes instructor’s claim of world accreditation

Papua New Guinea and the other Pacific island countries do not have a World Karate referee, contrary to a news report that a Shitoryu Karate instructor in Lae has been granted such status. According to the PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) president Carl Mari, the only Pacific Islander, a Fijian, has passed the Oceania judge B-licence. “To get someone to achieve World Karate referee status is quite out of our reach at this stage, but we’ll…

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Kickboxing federation defers executive elections

Kickboxing federation defers executive elections

The Papua New Guinea Kickboxing Association has deferred its election of executives for later this month. The election was initially scheduled to take place in the first week of April but patron Robert Kopaol said the association was disorganised due to a lack of coordination and hijacking of protocol by different associations and individuals. Speaking at a brief executive meeting held ain Port Moresby on April 1, Kopaol said because the sport had a significant…

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National karate squad haul medals in Qld tourney

National karate squad haul medals in Qld tourney

The Papua New Guinea Karate team won six gold medals at the Queensland Karate Championships last week in Brisbane. The team won four silver and five bronze medals as well. All fighters who represented PNG at the championship are members of the elite squad. The team comprised Crystal Mari, who was the only female athlete, Nigel Bana, Cosmas Saliawali, Leonard Gariadi, Naorei Joseph, Francis Oa Jr and athlete/coach Julius Piku. Mari won gold in the…

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