Aussies Bar our Boxers

THE Australian Amateur Boxing Association has refused four Papua New Guinea boxers access to training facilities at the Australia Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

PNG Amateur Boxing Union president Lohial Nuau, who accompanied the boxers told The National from Melbourne that ABA has made everything impossible for PNG team to gain access to AIS.

A disappointed Nuau said not only did they deny the boxers, but local boxers also did not want to associate themselves with PNG boxers - Willie Jack, Chavis Kora, Lynch Ipera and Paul Lare
"I am really frustrated with their (Australian) arrogant attitude.

"I will be very vocal at the general meeting which coincides with the boxing tournament in Tonga next week," Nuau said.
Nuau said he will send a protest letter Oceania Boxing Association president Sol Spitalnic during the meeting. Spitalnic is also the vice president of the world boxing governing body, AIBA.
He said the AABA has not accorded fair treatment to PNG fighters who were fine-tuning for the Oceania and the Olympic qualifier boxing championship.

He said part of the sponsorship covered by PNG Silver Jubilee Programm, the Olympic Solidarity fund and AIBA was for PNG to attend the Australia National Titles.

Australian coach Bodo Andreas, originally from German was making it impossible for PNG fighters to have access to high-class training, Nuau said.
The president said AABA was giving the excuse that PNG fighters would not have any chance in the championships.

However Nuau said he told his boys to stay focussed for the final boxing tournament on April 16 before they fly to Tonga.


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