Boxing turns focus on Oceania event

THE boxing team’s successful outing at the Pacific Games has spurred the athletes to continue training towards the Oceania Confederation Boxing championship in Australia next month.

Coach Pauliasi Ratu who led the three athletes to silver medal wins at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea said the athletes had been given a week’s rest before they resume training. He added that while they had yet to receive word from the board on the confirmation of their travels, the team would continue with their proposed schedule.

“Right now I am still waiting to hear word from them. There has been nothing from them because they would need to sort out things like funding and accommodation ahead of the travel,” he said.

Athletes Viliame Vitukalulu, Winston Hill and Sina Rauata had been selected seven weeks prior to the tournament and Ratu said they had done well in the short span of time with each of them reaching the finals and winning medals.

“We had to work a lot on their strength and conditioning which is what took them through and for a team that had only a short time to prepare, they did well,” Ratu said.

The Oceania Championship boxing starts from August 29 to September in Canberra.

* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP

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