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Championship a learning journey for Fijian swimmers

FIJIAN swimmers will learn a lot from the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, says Viliame Takayawa, who is part of the coaching panel. “It is important for them to get the experience and they...

Secondary schools basketball championship begins

THE 2018 Fiji Secondary School Basketball Championship began today at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Schools from the Central and Western divisions including Levuka turned out in numbers to compete in the three day tournament. Basketball Fiji Chief operating officer, Laisiasa Puamau said there had been a positive turn out from all the...

Renovations set to begin on Samoa’s Pacific Games venues

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – 19 venues will host sporting events during the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, with renovations to begin next month. 27 different sports will feature in July, with Don Bosco School Hall in Savai’i to host boxing while the remaining 26 disciplines will be held in and around Apia....

Pacific Games schedule released

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The official Pacific Games 2019 Sports programme was released in a press conference at Tuina’imato Sports complex Friday. The two-week schedule covering 26 sports and their confirmed location and venue was launched as well as introducing the Technical team from China who will be assisting the Pacific Games...

US swim team here for experience

THE US junior swim team will use the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship to gain more experience. The team of 40 athletes arrived in the country yesterday to prepare for the swimming competition that will begin on Wednesday. Team director Mitch Dalton said the swimmers had been on their toes training after they held their...

Fijian spikers soar

TEAM Fiji men’s volleyball team is the new champions after defeating New Zealand three sets to one during the Oceania Volleyball Championship in New Caledonia on Saturday. The Samoan team walked away with the bronze medal. In the semi-final, Fiji defeated host team New Caledonia to secure a spot in the final while New Zealand...

Aussies to expose young swimmers to top-class meet

AUSTRALIA will be using the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship to expose its young swimmers to top-class competition. The side arrived in the country yesterday confident of their chances of competing against other top swimming nations such as USA and Japan. The Aussies will be represented by 15 girls and 15 boys at Damodar City...

Fijians raring to flip

TEAM Fiji swimming is ready to take on tougher teams such as the US, Australia and New Zealand for the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship 2018. Team captains Netani Ross and Rosemary Rova said it would be a learning experience for the young side. Rova said they welcomed the opportunity to race against swimmers from...

Another captain’s innings by Kohli boosts India

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Virat Kohli was frustrated to be dismissed three runs short of his century but another fine captain’s knock inspired India on their best batting day of the series in the third test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Kohli looked poised to mark the first test for 63 years in...

Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent’s elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games. The country’s president Joko Widodo made an unorthodox and dramatic entrance to the Gelora...

Medics call for mandatory suspensions and scans to protect knocked out fighters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Ringside doctors in combat sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) have called for suspensions and examinations for fighters who get knocked out to ensure they have enough time to recover before they fight again. Many state athletic commissions in the United States already impose suspensions of 30, 60 or...

Japan value China rivalry with Tokyo target in mind

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Japan will go toe-to-toe with China at the 18th Asian Games, hoping sparring with the continent’s most dominant sporting nation will boost their bid for a record medal haul in their home Olympics in 2020, its delegation chief said on Saturday. Japan topped the medal standings in the first Asian Games in...

Bolt lands Down Under for ‘real’ soccer mission

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion and aspiring footballer Usain Bolt touched down in Sydney on Saturday, declaring himself ready to prove to the world that his Australian soccer adventure is “real”. The eight-times Olympic gold medallist will train with Central Coast Mariners for the first time on Tuesday after being granted an open-ended trial...

Ex-cricketer Imran Khan elected prime minister of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani lawmakers elected former cricket legend Imran Khan prime minister on Friday and he pledged to bring to justice “all those who have robbed this country” through corruption. Parliament’s move cleared the way for the 65-year-old Khan to set up a coalition government and his first major task will be to avert...

Pitch will determine if India play six batsmen against England – Kohli

(Reuters) – India could bolster their line-up with a sixth specialist batsman for the third test against England starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday, captain Virat Kohli said on Friday. Kohli added his decision would hinge on the wicket but also called on his frontline batsmen to rise to the challenge and prevent a 3-0...

International Hockey Federation: Fiji defeats Tonga

FIJI defeated Tonga 13-0 in the first-ever International Hockey Federation hockey series in Vanuatu. They also thrashed host team 8-1 in their second game. Fiji will now face Solomon Island to decide who tops the round robin phase. In the men’s category, Fiji also beat Tonga 14-0 before losing out to Vanuatu 7-5. Countries who...

PNG aim high at Fiji qualifier, says Dawes

PORT MORESBY, 17 AUGUST 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – Papua New Guinea will take a team of young players to the 2020 ICC World T20 East Asia-Pacific qualifier with a winning mentality, says head coach and former Australian cricketer Joseph Dawes. To win the qualifier and progress to the regional final next year, PNG need to...

Fiji’s women hit form at hockey series

PORT VILA, 17 AUGUST 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Fiji doubled up with a pair of victories in the women’s tournament on day two of the Hockey Series event in Vanuatu. The top-ranked side in the competition first thrashed Tonga 13-0 in their morning fixture at the Wan Smolbag Hockey Stadium in Port Vila. They...

Snedeker vows to keep attacking after 59 in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) – Brandt Snedeker shot 11-under-par 59 in the first round at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday, before vowing to keep attacking at an event with a recent history of very low winning scores. His course record earned a four-stroke lead over fellow Americans Ryan Moore and John Oda at Sedgefield Country...

Dominant Del Potro into third round at rainy Cincinnati

(Reuters) – Juan Martin del Potro quickly dispatched South Korean Chung Hyeon 6-2 6-3 in a second-round match at the rain-hit Cincinnati Open on Thursday that was carried over from the previous day because of inclement weather. The pair were delayed from taking the court on Thursday because of more rain and then had to...

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