RUGBY LEAGUE BY FRANKIY KAPIN PNG Sports Foundation chairman Ian Chow joined hands with PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka for the soft launch of the Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League program in Lae on Tuesday. The event was witnessed by Coca-Cola Amatil PNG sponsorship and events manager Willie William as well as PNGRFL chief executive officer Reatau Rau to roll out the K2.5 million Coca-Cola naming rights revived schools rugby program starting at the end of next month (March). And in the presence of affiliated PNGRFL league presidents throughout the country who attended the 6th annual general meeting of the PNGRFL in Lae on Tuesday, Chow applauded the presidents, telling them they are the leaders of sports in this country. “That’s what the PNGSF is looking for,” Chow said. He said since taking office with the sports foundation his focus has been stressed on facilities and that is what PNG Sports Foundation today is focused on. He said although PNGSF cannot provide all the stadiums that are wanted but if they can give out 50,000 rugby league balls it makes a difference. Chow said rural Papua New Guinea children have shown great commitment in sports development not only in rugby league but other codes and having witnessed so. Amongst issues needing considerate approaches by all stakeholders and partners, Chow appealed to the league presidents to nurture young players and build up referees. “Without young players we have no future. “Without youths we cannot succeed,” Chow said. He told the presidents coming from outside the cities that they have the player base unlike cities who are preoccupied and distracted by television, mobile phones etc. Chow said with the current management of rugby league in PNG the code and its future looks promising even reaching an Australia National Rugby League (NRL) bid.