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

Government of Tanzania is open for discussion on tourism VAT


first_imgThe government of Tanzania has announced its willingness to interact with tourism industry players to find out the reason behind their disapproval of value added tax (VAT) on tourism products.Concerns voiced by tour operators were ‘discussable’, said Prof Jumanne Maghembe, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. The government has however not declared any decision of waiving the tax that has been ever since its implementation.Tour operators are of the opinion that tax would have an adverse affect on tourism, an industry that is the chief foreign exchange earner for the country. There might be a decline in the tourist arrivals, fears the players.The government is now ready to sit down and discuss the matter with tour operators, who have been more vocal against the tax than other players in the industry.last_img read more