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Canadian Laliberte eyes the ‘perfect’ route to Paris 2024

(Reuters) – In a sport where experience counts for more than anything else and athletes often vie for medals well into their 40s, the world equestrian championships have come as a huge learning curve for...

Fijian boxers need to step up

Fijian boxers will need to step up if they need to secure fights overseas. Competition results of local boxers against overseas opponents have not been positive,says the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF). BCF West director Usman ‘Lale’ Ali said Saturday’s South Pacific Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi went very smoothly. He...

Naliva’s overseas title shot takes a nosedive

Fijian boxer Savenaca Naliva’s chance of a title shot at an overseas title fight took a nosedive after being knocked out by Renold Vatubua Quinlan during the South Pacific Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday evening. Quinlan decked Naliva 2:42 minutes into round three with a powerful left hook. The...

2022 Coke Games: Tavua/Vatukoula athletes anticipate challenging

THE Tavua/ Vatukoula zone athletics organising committee is anticipating a challenging year for them during the 2022 Coca-Cola Games. The Coca-Cola Games will start on Thursday and ends on Saturday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Committee spokesperson Dhirendra Prasad said schools were doing its best in preparing athletes for next week. “Some schools...

14th August

‘Changes expected’

The 2022 Coca-Cola Games will bring out the best in all schools as they battle for medals. Athletics Fiji development officer and former Fiji and South Pacific decathlon champion Albert Miller said with the resumption of the Fiji secondary schools athletics competitions, changes were expected in the intensity of this year’s competition. “The Coca-Cola Games...

Rabua’s tale

Fijian swimmer Epeli Rabua shares his experience taking part in the 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham, England. The Natogadravu Village lad in Tailevu, who is currently a bartender at the Opium Bar in Suva, said his passion for swimming began since he was young. “The water is like my safe space. It doesn’t discriminate, treats everyone...

Reps impress

Fiji Swimming has been impressed with the number of participants at the third grand prix at the Nadi Sports and Social Club yesterday. Swim Fiji president Ben Rova said for the 400 metres freestyle, there were 16 heats. “There were many new swimmers trying for this event for the first time,” he said. “This was...

Sports policy

The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Rovereto Nayacalevu highlighted on the changes made within the National Sports Policy to accommodate the changes in the sporting world. He spoke during a recent virtual presentation to highlight an update on the country pertaining to youth and sports development, highlighting relevant Commonwealth sporting issues during the 10th...

Bowls roll in Nadi

The Islands Electric-sponsored Nadi Sports and Social Club Business House tournament started with a bang at the Jetset Town on Thursday night. Players from the 16 teams packed the club’s greens as competition rolls for five weeks. The highlight of the first round on Thursday was the introduction of bowling to new players, who mostly...

13th August

The Fiji finals – Athletes to burn tracks

On your marks, get set… hot cameras… gun fires… and we are off… we are in business… hooray! The ever-popular Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Finals, which is also known as the Fiji finals or with the sponsor’s tag as the Coca-Cola Games, is back. I hope you are as excited as I am and why...

Central sets target

Central College of Lautoka is into its second year of development phase for athletics. The schools is targeting some medals at the 2022 Coca Cola Games in Suva next week. The college will enter a total of 20 athletes at next week’s Coca-Cola Games. Central College coach Kolinio Kusima said they had some medal prospects...

Reps back in the pool

The Fiji Swimming Short Course Grand Prix Three today in Nadi will set a platform for young swimmers to showcase their talents. With the 2022 New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championship in New Zealand and the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship in Hawaii coming up, they will set a positive platform for swimmers to be...

12th August

Ticket rush – 2022 Fiji Finals heads for sellout

The Coca-Cola Games fever is back and is warming the hearts of Fiji secondary schools athletes, students, teachers and fans alike. After its 24-month absence, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association expects a sellout as Fijians itch to catch the glimpse of the return of the Pacific’s biggest annual schools athletics competition. FSSAA general secretary Vuli...

Vonolagi legacy continues

A young Tailevu chief who is from a renowned sporting family will carry the burden of leading Ratu Kadavulevu School in the defence of the boys’ title of the Coca-Cola Games next week in Suva. Ratu Vilikesa Roko Vonolagi, of Nameka, Tailevu, is the son of former Fiji netball rep Seruwaia Vonolagi and nephew to...

Torch signifies games spirit

The 2022 Coca-Cola Games fever has intensified as the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association and sponsors of the Fiji Finals launched the much anticipated start to the event, the games torch relay in Suva yesterday . The event was hosted at the major sponsor, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (“CCEP”), commonly known as Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Pte...

Swimming in need

Fiji Swimming is in dire straits as it prepares for coming international competitions. As the last of Team Fiji athletes returned home last night from the Commonwealth Games in England including our national swimmers, their preparations to internationals in the remainder of the season look bleak. Fiji Swimming does not have proper international standard competition...

11th August

2022 Coke Games: ‘Produce receipts for ticket refunds’

Ticket holders from the 2020 Coca-Cola Games have the choice of refund or replacement of tickets before Monday, August 15 but should support their claims with receipts. According to Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association president Filimoni Vuli Waqa, members of the public have the choice of either refund their money or replace tickets for this...

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2022 Coke Games: Selectors on the lookout

Athletics Fiji selectors will be present at the Coca-Cola Games in Suva next week to scout for potential talents to be part of the national training squad. The parent body is targeting to send a large contingent to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands next year and expects to start preparations early. More...

10th August

Welterweight champ Ravudi ready for the unexpected

Ahead of his fight on Saturday, World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Asia Pacific super welterweight champion Jese Ravudi says he is ready to face Donasio Nadrugu at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on Saturday. The Naitasiri fighter said he respected his opponent and was looking forward to a good fight. Ravudi said all preparation had been going...

2022 Coke Games: Vunisea contingent set to roll

The Vunisea Secondary School athletics team is ready to take part in the 2022 Coca-Cola Games to be held on August 18-20. Despite some setbacks, spokesperson and schoolteacher Epeli Waqa said the athletes had been looking forward to the Fiji Finals. “The team is well prepared compared with our last outing and the athletes are...

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2022 Coke Games: Tickets go on sale

Tickets for the 2022 Coca-Cola Games go on sale today. The annual Fiji secondary schools athletics competition will be held on August 18-20 at the HFC Bank Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva. According to the organisers, tickets will be sold at the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association (FSSAA) headquarters at McGregor Rd in Suva (opposite...

Birmingham 2022: Fiji in 29th spot

Team Fiji finished in 29th position at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. The two-week long competition came to a close early yesterday morning with the official closing ceremony. Fiji won two silver and two bronze medals at the games this year. We settled for silver in the Rugby 7s for men’s and women’s, while...

Birmingham 2022: Games over – Sorovaki commends Team Fiji athletes and officials

Team Fiji had a challenging 2022 Commonwealth Games and chef de mission Sale Sorovaki has thanked all athletes and officials for rising up to the occasion. The 2022 Games, featuring competitors from 72 nations and territories, many of which are former British colonies, came to an end yesterday in Birmingham, with Australia on top of...

Birmingham gives Games a rousing send off and new relevance

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – The Birmingham Commonwealth Games reached a high-octane conclusion on Monday by celebrating 11 days of compelling competition and sending the multi-sport event back to Australia in 2026 with new relevance and purpose. Certainly Birmingham had plenty of reason to party having come to the Games’ rescue on short notice after Durban,...

No Warner but Lynn signs up for new Emirati T20 league

(Reuters) – Australian Chris Lynn will play Twenty20 cricket in the United Arab Emirates rather than his home Big Bash League (BBL) early next year, but David Warner was not included among the marquee players announced by the new International League T20 (ILT20). Media reports had strongly linked Warner with a spot in the ILT20,...

9th August

London Stadium to host Diamond League meeting in 2023

LONDON (Reuters) – The London Stadium will host a Diamond League meeting in 2023 after a three-year gap, UK Athletics (UKA) said on Monday. The 2020 meet in London was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the 2021 edition was shifted out of the city as the cost required to convert the stadium from...

Serena ‘can’t wait’ to reach light at end of tennis tunnel

TORONTO (Reuters) – Serena Williams delivered an impressive physical performance in challenging conditions to return to winning ways at the Toronto Open on Monday and then said she can see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel in her career. Williams was forced to dig deep during her 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over...

Rabada fitness is top priority for South Africa’s test team

(Reuters) – South Africa have made getting opening bowler Kagiso Rabada fit for the three-test series against England their top priority, captain Dean Elgar said on Monday. Radaba hurt ligaments in his left ankle in last month’s Twenty20 series against England but has been bowling in the nets since the test squad began a pre-series...

Special Olympics Fiji: Supporting an inclusive society

Punjas and Sons Pte Ltd joined forces with the Special Olympics Fiji to host a successful National Talent Identification Games in Lautoka last Saturday. Founder director of Punja and Sons Pte Ltd Kanti Punja said the company strongly believed in supporting an inclusive society and such sporting activities organised for children living with special needs...

Birmingham 2022: Banuve believes Fiji has a bright future on the tracks

Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro believes Fiji has a bright future on the tracks in the international arena. After his race in the 100 meters at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Bau-bullet said it’s good to see many young athletes taking centre stage now. “Well the result may not be showing now but I’m sure...

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