“I hope they can use this event as the way to improve their performance in the future so they would be ready to replace their seniors someday,” said the Secretary of Provincial Committee of PGSI (Indonesian Wrestling Association) Papua, Petrus Rumbiak on Thursday (9/10).
“But it all depends on their performance in every tournament,” said Rumbiak, adding that Robert Kekry and Richard Baransano have been appointed coaches for the team.
“Lack of sparring partners is our major problem besides proper equipment and gyms,” said Rumbiak.
Richard Baransano said the student athletes have undergone a long training session, but they have the problem of poor facilities. However, he said this should not divert them from their focus on the tournament in Padang. The four athletes who will compete in freestyle competition are Salim (class 55 Kg), Kelim Kogoya (class 63 Kg), Aprilio Mufara (Class 65 Kg) and Jack Yansenem (Class 54 Kg). [Jubi]