Madang Boxing Team set for PNG Games

first_imgThe tournament saw Boxers from Ramu Sugar Kickboxing Association challenging the Madang Kickboxing Association to make the final selection.Madang Provincial Community Development Assistant Director Joe Bande who is in charge of Team Madang was there to witness the fights and present the thropies and medals to the winners.Bande said the tournament is the final one, and after that the selected boxers will go into training in preparation for the 7th PNG Games in Kimbe.“The boxers took part in 53kg, 54kg, 55kg, 59kg, 60kg, 62kg and 65kg division,”“Most of the boxers are locally grown and have not gone out fighting outside of Madang Province and this tournament has given them a glimpse of what to expect in the coming PNG Games,” Bande said.He said in Kickboxing the boxers took part in 48-51kg division, 52-54kg division and 55-59kg division which saw some impressive fights from the local grown talents.“We have identified some good fighters who will represent Madang and most of them are new, young and energetic ready to showcase that Madang can grab gold in boxing and kickboxing,”“Ramu Sugar Boxing Association is well established and have brought in competitive fighters who perform very well and impress the judges,” Bande added.He said the tournament is run by a Luke Bernard who is the former PNG Boxer and who is in charge of Ramu Sugar team.He said Madang Boxing and Kickboxing team is ready and looking forward to take part in the upcoming PNG Games.He further thanked the sponsors for the tournament Cocoa Cola, and RD Tuna Canners and people of South Ambenob LLG for providing support during the tourney.He added that the final selection will be announced when the judge’s selection committee hands in the final list to his office.last_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan Caps Off Maiden Season in Sports Car Racing with Win at Fuji Speedway

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tokyo: India’s first Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan produced a brilliant drive in challenging conditions to claim an emphatic victory in the SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race here on Sunday, marking a successful end to his maiden season in sports car racing.Driving the Nakajima Racing Honda NSX-GT against an established field of 21 drivers, Karthikeyan shone in both dry and wet conditions to achieve a memorable feat in front of a packed Japanese crowd at the Fuji Speedway. The 42-year-old was hamstrung by three separate safety car interventions, but he perfected the restart on each occasion to secure a stunning victory.Karthikeyan had been lightning fast from the get go, topping a Hankook tyre test for SUPER GT cars in tricky wet weather conditions on Friday, to set the tone for the rest of the weekend.He carried that pace in an equally wet qualifying session on Sunday morning, setting a time of 1m47.034s to provisionally secure third place on the grid, before being promoted to the front-row after a penalty for fellow Honda runner Daisuke Nakajima.By the afternoon, the sky had turned clear at the 4.563km race track located south-west of Tokyo, leading to an all-dry race.Despite little dry running on the unfamiliar Hankook tyres, Karthikeyan proved to be just as quick as he was in the wet, tucking behind polesitter and Audi driver Loic Duval on the opening lap of the race.Narain Karthikeyan wins an unbelievable, chaotic, utterly brilliant #DreamRace! INCREDIBLE!!!1⃣ Karthikeyan 🇮🇳2⃣ Wittmann 🇩🇪3⃣ Duval 🇫🇷4⃣ Yamamoto 🇯🇵5⃣ Kobayashi 🇯🇵6⃣ Nakajima 🇯🇵#SuperGTxDTM 🗻🎌— DTM (@DTM) November 24, 2019At the start of the next tour, he slipstreamed past the former SUPER GT champion around the outside of turn 1, taking the lead, which he would never effectively concede for the remainder of the hour-long race.However, it was far from a cake walk. Karthikeyan’s early advantage was wiped out when a safety car had to be called in to recover debris from the track. On the Indy-style restart, he kept his composure, comfortably leaving the rest of the pack behind heading into turn 1.After completing his sole pitstop of the race, Karthikeyan came out in third place, behind the yet-to-stop cars of Benoit Treluyer and Alex Zanardi.Karthikeyan cleared Zanardi after mastering the second safety car restart and assumed the race lead again when Treluyer pitted the next lap for his mandatory stop.With those two cars behind, Karthikeyan should have had an easy run to the chequered flag, but he hit another stumbling block when a third caution period was deployed to clear the mayhem caused by two separate collisions, including a multi-Lexus crash at the Dunlop chicane.Karthikeyan was able to deploy all his experience once again perfecting the restart to win the historic second race between Japan’s SUPER GT and the European DTM series.His victory follows a maiden SUPER GT podium at Sugo in September. fujiNarain Karthikeyanracingspeedway First Published: November 24, 2019, 7:15 PM ISTlast_img read more