2022 Coke Games: Selectors on the lookout

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Athletes in action during the senior boys 1500m final on day one of the Coca Cola games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Picture: FT FILE

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 than 500 athletes participated in the Western Athletics Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka two weeks ago which was also supported by athletics clubs from Suva and Nausori.

Team Fiji athletics coach Antonio Raboiliku said this was where the athletes broke their bonds.

“We cite them at such events and then we look at them at the Coca-Cola Games. Then we start calling them for the national trials,” he said.

“The standard is really improving now compared to that after the pandemic. The standard had really dropped after the pandemic in the zones but after three or four weeks of awareness programs it has lifted.

“This is why we have been staging the divisional championships as it gives the athletes a gauge as to how good they are.

“How they need to improve by changing their training methods and strategies.”

Raboiliku said the most important thing was to train hard and improve to gain a spot in the national team.

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