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BOXING IN BOUGAINVILLE:

REDISCOVERING
POPULARITY AND
PEACE

Bougainville boxing is back on the scene from a long hiatus following the crisis. What was once a sport that was almost forgotten is coming back in a big way —and the people of Bougainville are reaping the rewards.

Reigniting the passion in the once popular sport provides focus and the pride in representing their people. The region has long been known for its beautiful surroundings and exotic culture that was regularly entwined with the passion for boxing missing in recent decades.

Until recently, boxing was an activity that many in Bougainville enjoyed but did not have access to pursuing due to a decline in resources resulting from the volatile political climate. Today there is renewed effort to bring back this popular sport, and it’s already making an incredible impact on the local community as seen through the ABG recent Bougainville sports in Wakunai and the BPB Tournament just held in Arawa.

This sport is set to make an incredible impact on the local community. From teaching important life lessons like respect and self-discipline to helping bring peace back to the region by providing activity pathway for youths, boxing is starting to regain its popularity in Bougainville and inspires hope for the future.

For Bougainvilleans, boxing brings with it a sense of cultural identity and pride. The local boxing community is closely knit, with members dedicated to helping each other and strengthening relationships through their shared interest. Boxing provides an avenue for locals to express themselves: by supporting their favourite boxers or participating in sporting events themselves, they can connect with their heritage and be proud of who they are.

Boxing is also an economic catalyst and can provide much benefit to Bougainville. When locals travel to participate in tournaments or spectate at events, they often bring money to spend on local artefacts and logistics. Such tournaments are ideal event tourism injections for the local economy, not to mention job creators. This form of event supports tourism within Bougainville which can help boost local businesses and get more money circulating throughout the region. 

Although boxing in Bougainville had a heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, things are looking up now. This resurgent popularity of boxing is bringing with it a wave of exciting benefits - and, of course, a few challenges like financing: training coaches, providing equipment and organizing competitions – which all require significant investments.

By supporting boxing in Bougainville and offering locals the opportunity to participate in this sport, the prosperity in the region will help cement peace in the future.
 
It’s clear that the people of Bougainville have been inspired to join boxing, and this is helping to foster a new level of peace and prosperity in the region. With the help of the community and local leaders, boxing can become a cornerstone of culture and an example of hope for the future. It’s an incredible story of how something so simple can have such a profound impact, and it will be an incredible story, following the journey of boxing in Bougainville. 

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