PNGWF vice-president Frank Robby said he had gone to Kari’s house last month to inform him of a special invitation from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for Kari to attend a one week training program in Nouméa. Kari refused the invite however.
“Kari was just one of the top weightlifters from all over the Oceania region that were invited to attend the training program.
“I was a bit hurt by his decision but I respect it,” said Robby.
He said Kari is still also under an injury cloud which he made clear was not “weightlifting related”.