First Pacific Islander professional boxing referee is a Papua New Guinean

First Pacific Islander professional boxing referee is a Papua New Guinean

The first Pacific Islander to receive an internationally recognised certificate as a professional boxing referee and judge is a Papua New Guinea (PNG). Proud Bougainvillian, Alex Rihatta, became the first person from PNG and the Pacific Islands to be officially recognised by the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) and the United States Boxing Council (USBC) as a qualified referee and judge in the Oceania region. Rihatta, 43, who hails from Hanahan, was presented the certificate…

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Muay Thai welterweight title fight deferred

Muay Thai welterweight title fight deferred

The much anticipated Muay Thai welterweight title fight between Papua New Guinea’s Lee “The Flash” Garap and Thailand’s Rangsan Poonsang has been deferred to next week, The National reports. The match sanctioned by World Kickboxing Federation which was supposed to take place today has been rescheduled for August 9 due to a delay in Poonsang’s visa. The news was announced by Garap on Wednesday. Garap apologised to the sponsors and supporters for the inconvenience but…

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Karate names squad for Fiji

Karate names squad for Fiji

The PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) has named two separate squads for the Fiji International Karate Open Championships on 28th – 29th September 2013 and the Queensland Semi Contact and Full Contact Titles at the Gold Coast on 19th – 20th October 2013. The squad going to Fiji includes; Quentin Bougen, Gladys Wallace, Cletus Mason (Autonomous Region of Bougainville);  Miriam Stanley, Geua Rupa, John Kajona, Artson Goasa, (Central Province); Batshiba Nogo,(Eastern Highlands); Joan Abala (East New…

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2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp

2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp

The 2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp starts on Saturday 22nd June – 5th July 2013 in Port Moresby.  The camp will be held at Lamana hotel. The camp will be facilitated by the Karate mentor coach Sensei Trevor Roberts.  All members of the Karate development squad are urged to attend this camp.  PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) has been running the 2015 Pacific Games targeted training camps since 2012 where all members have been invited to…

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2013 PNG National Boxing Championship deferred

2013 PNG National Boxing Championship deferred

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Boxing Championships scheduled for June in Kokopo has been deferred to July 5 – 6. According to Amateur Boxing Union (ABU) president, John Avira, the championship was initially scheduled for the Queen Birthday weekend. However, logistics issues forced the organising committee to reschedule. Avira said advice from chairman of the committee, James Wong, is that accommodation would be a problem if the championship went ahead scheduled. Deferring to July…

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Karate prepares for national championships

Karate prepares for national championships

It requires time and commitment to prepare for any event, and currently the Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) is doing just that. Federation executives held a meeting last Saturday at Waigani to review past events, discuss upcoming ones and prepare for the 24th National Karate Championships which will be staged on July 6 – 7. Federation president Carl Mari said the tournament dates had been moved forward so that a guest referee could be…

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PNG to host “Hour of No Respect”, international kickboxing event

PNG to host “Hour of No Respect”, international kickboxing event

The Papua New Guinea Kickboxing Association (PNGKBA), KB-1 Productions and international sanctioning body, the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) will host a month long international kickboxing event from May to June in Port Moresby. The event dubbed the “Hour of No Respect” will see fighters from five different countries converge on PNG soil to challenge our own homegrown fighters. The event is likely to attract more than fifteen international teams including fighters and officials from Germany,…

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Kassman Taekwondo Club to host first Korean Ambassador’s Cup Challenge

Kassman Taekwondo Club to host first Korean Ambassador’s Cup Challenge

Kassman Taekwnodo Club is a week away from hosting the country’s first ever Korean Ambassador’s Cup challenge and a training camp jointly supported by PNG Olympic Committee under the Go for Gold (G4G) program, Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI), Caritas Secondary School (CSS), National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and the Korean Ambassador’s office in the country while major sponsorship is from soft drink company, Pepsi. Edward Kassman, head instructor and former Taekwondo champion, said the…

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Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited backs Kickboxing tourney

Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited backs Kickboxing tourney

  Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) has given a K20, 000 sponsorship to the Ox & Palm Eight-Man Kickboxing Tournament which will be held on March 21. MVIL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joe Wemin, is adamant that the sport will drive the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message. He said MVIL was happy to be associated with kickboxing to promote the message of road safety and presented a check of K20, 000 to the Papua New…

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PNGKF’s calendar for 2013

PNGKF’s calendar for 2013

The Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation’s (PNGKF) will have their hands full this year with an array of activities planned for 2013 including an international karate festival.  The activities begin with all training classes to resume on January 14. This will be followed by the first development squad training camp for the year from February 15 – 20. There will be at least four other camps during the year. Then on April 5 – 8,…

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