That has seen the trimming down of the development squad from 109 to 72 members following the recent successful Australasian Karate Festival in Port Moresby.
Federation president Carl Mari said the road ahead was going to be tough for the athletes with selectors looking to finalise 31 slots by April next year.
“These athletes have a mammoth task in the next four months and they have several more training camps and international competitions to hone in on their skills,” Mari said.
He said the coaching team had been finalised, with Sensei David Wallace (kumite and head coach), Sempai Willie Leslie (kata and speed coach) and Sempai Bernard Soari (fitness and video analyst).
The squad members were slotted into Team A (34) and Team B (28).
Team A: Gladys Wallace, Vincent Quintin Bougen, Hillary Waswasa, (Bougainville); Gewa Rupa, Miriam Stanley, Lera Kose, Dominic Sipapi, Naorei Joseph, Joseph Smith Jnr, Francis Oa Jnr, Ismael Stanley, Billy Maino Jnr, Jason Kilangit (Central Province); Francis Vigil (ENBP); Eddie Martin, (ESP); Jacklyn Barney, Maryanne Porika, Suwari Matus, (Morobe Province); Doris Karomo, Crystal Mari, Violet Wangihau, Sarah Ande, Annabel Joseph, Joancherrie Revui, Nigel Bana, Sailas Piskaut, Leonard Geriadi, Cosmas Saliawali, Bernard Sinai (NCD); Atomu Amani, (New Ireland); Kevin Duna, (Northern Province); Peace Kaiwa, Romana Asiange, Ernest Nuli, Nick Ngasele, (WNBP).
Team B: Cletus Mason, Rolan Morga (Bougainville); John Kajona, Mckainne Kennedy, Dennis Kopman, Gima Peter, Geita Maraga, Cathy Wilson, Terah Efi, (Central Province); Bathshiba Nogo, Llane Munau, Timothy Alovare (EHP); Joan Abala (ENBP); Manu Mekere, Emil Golopau, Franrich Hura, Randolph Mekere, Sebby Desmond, Sebulon Tamur (Morobe Province); Julius Piku, Owen Gigiro, Jason Carl, Theophil Meta, Andrew Molen, Chris P Molok (NCD); Mosley Taitai (New Ireland); Basil Oriri (Northern Province); and Alois Masusulu (WNBP).
Fighters should contact the coaches for training programmes: Wallace – 73462787, Leslie – 72776677, Soari – 72792854.