PNG boxers to return today from Olympic qualifiers


first_imgThe four – Andrew Aisaga in the 69kg division, Charles Keama 52kg, Thadius Katua 60kg and Jonathan Keama 75kg all lost their fights in their preliminary bouts on points.National boxing coach Joe Aufa said the team will now await the national federation (PNG Boxing Union) and the PNG Olympic Committee to decide what their next assignment is.”Whatever decision they make is up to them but for us, the boxers must continue to train because this part of our elite squad and we must be ready for whatever competition that becomes available,” said Aufa, a Star 2 AIBA accredited coach.He added that it had been a great campaign for the team.“While we did not achieve our goal of qualifying for the Olympics, the boxers gave it their best shot.“Not getting Katua’s bout awarded to us when we thought we had clearly won was quite disappointing but it did not only happen to us, other countries also had such bad luck too,” said Aufa.He said the country could be still be proud that all of PNG’s boxers lost on points unlike other countries that were outclassed with their bouts abandoned early in the 3 min X 3 rounds contest.”We really cannot ponder on that anymore but at least we are confident that our boxers are improving to world standards,” said Aufa.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp likens England’s treatment of Liverpool youngster to that of a horse


first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has launched himself into a club-versus-country row less than two weeks into his reign after likening England’s handling of Jordan Rossiter to that of a horse.The 18-year-old returned from under-19 international duty with a hamstring injury after playing three matches of 90 minutes in five days.Klopp said the situation was not normal and he would be speaking to someone at the Football Association.Liverpool have recent history with the FA over treatment of players as just over a year ago Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers expressed his displeasure after Daniel Sturridge sustained a thigh injury during an England training session the day after an international match.“Rossiter is a special story. I never heard of an 18-year-old playing three games in five days,” he said.“That is the problem why he is injured and I don’t think he will be ready until the next international break.“I don’t know who I have to talk about this but I will find a way because it is not okay.“On my first day I didn’t want to have a call with someone with the FA but for sure this is not okay.“These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses we get horses.” Jordan Rossiter 1last_img read more