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24th August

ITF postpones India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie to November

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Davis Cup tie against Pakistan at Islamabad next month has been postponed to November under “exceptional circumstances” after a security review, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday. The All...

23rd August

Awesome Archer gives England advantage in third test

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – Jofra Archer’s first five-wicket haul in test cricket put England in command on a weather-affected opening day of the third Ashes test at Headingley on Thursday as they bowled Australia out for 179. Archer completed figures of 6-45 in his second test, Australia collapsing from 136-2 in the final session to...

India’s Rahane not concerned about century drought

(Reuters) – The last time Ajinkya Rahane scored a century in international cricket was over two years back but the India test vice-captain says the drought does not concern him as long as he is contributing for his side. The middle-order batsman was dismissed after a gritty 81 in the opening test against West Indies...

Arsenal trio can match Liverpool’s front three: Aubameyang

(Reuters) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Liverpool in the Premier League. Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 69 goals and 19...

Totogo Police wives win volleyball championship

THE Totogo Police wives are the new winners of the 2019 Fiji Police wives volleyball championship after defeating neighbours Nasinu two set to one. Fiji Police Wives association president Silina Tudravu said this was a great opportunity for the wives to meet up and socialise. “This is also a great platform for us as we...

Dolokoto ready to give his best for Fiji

FIJI’S Mesulame Dolokoto is ready to give his best for his country when he dons the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians jersey in Japan during the Rugby World Cup next month. One of the youngest rep to represent Fiji, he has a huge role in the hooker position to accomplish after all the pressure in training...

Four Fijians named in Wallabies for 2019 RWC

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika has named four Fijian players in his 2019 Rugby World Cup team. After some powerful performance for their clubs and Australia during the Super Rugby, Rugby Championship and Bledisloe trophy competitions, hardworking number eight Isi Naisarani will join fellow countrymen and backline players Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete and Tevita Kuridrani in...

Defending champ in Police volleyball eliminations

DEFENDING champion of the Fiji Police Wives Volleyball Tournament, the Southern zone 1 team have advanced into the elimination rounds today, expecting tough competition from other teams at the National Netball Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva. Forty-five police wives teams are part of this year’s annual tournament which will end today with eliminations and finals....

Fiji U23 football side to tour Singapore

THE Vodafone Fiji U23 side will tour Singapore to play buildup matches against the Singapore Olympics team next month which was confirmed by Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel yesterday. “Our Olympians will play two Test matches against the Singapore U23 side as part of their build-up for the 2019 OFC Olympics Qualifiers next month,” said...

Naqelevuki says Flying Fijians RWC squad very competitive

FORMER Fiji 7s and 15s rugby team utility back Sireli Naqelevuki rates the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to the Rugby World Cup to be very competitive unlike any other Fijian side. The former Super Rugby Stormers winger said in past years, Fiji had always lacked in certain areas as a team but there are...

$2.54m to boost Flying Fijians RWC preparation

THE Fiji National Sports Commission chairperson Peter Mazey presented a cheque for $2,546,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. Present during the sponsorship at the ANZ Stadium was the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee and...

Flying Fijian Veitokani counts his blessing

ALIVERETI Veitokani recalled a few years back when he was playing local rugby 7s and 15s competition hoping to don the national Flying Fijians jersey but he never thought that moment was around the corner. As the former Fijian Drua flyhalf ran his way through the development stages of Fiji rugby until he gained a...

Olympian Mata sets RWC target

OLYMPIC gold medallist Viliame Mata wants to open another page to his own piece of history to be part of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team that will create wonders in the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. The Yasawa lad was part of the historical Fiji rugby 7s team that won the gold...

Skipper Radrodro expects team to step up and defend title

FIJI Airways Fijian Drua’s new captain Eremasi Radrodro expects the team to step up in their bid to defend the National Rugby Championship title. Radrodro replaces Mosese Voka who has been named in the Flying Fijians squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The 31-year-old has a wealth of experience having played for the Flying...

Rugby: England’s Te’o to join Toulon as World Cup cover

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Te’o has agreed a short-term deal with Toulon following his omission from England’s Rugby World Cup squad, the French Top 14 club said on Wednesday. England coach Eddie Jones left the centre out of his 31-man squad last week, and Te’o will now be unavailable for selection as an injury replacement...

Contentious North try prompts World Rugby rule change

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World Rugby has changed a rule governing restarts in the wake of George North’s contentious try for Wales in their 13-6 win over England in Cardiff on Saturday. Wales winger North scored in the 34th minute while England had yet to send on a temporary replacement for scrumhalf Willi Heinz, who had...

Tokyo 2020 ahead of schedule and prepared

TOKYO, 23 AUGUST 2019 (ONOC MEDIA) – Impressive and innovative are the two words that describe the venues for Tokyo 2020 as Chefs de Mission of participating countries were taken on a tour to see firsthand the progress to date. The seminar currently underway in Tokyo is the opportunity for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee...

Climbers hoping to boost Japan’s medal count at 2020 Games

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi have boosted Japan’s hopes of a medal when sport climbing makes its Olympic debut next year after winning gold and silver at the Climbing World Championships in Tokyo. Narasaki won the men’s combined event on Wednesday, a day after Noguchi won silver in the women’s competition, as...

Ryder Cup player Olesen denies sexual assault charge – report

LONDON (Reuters) – Danish Ryder Cup golfer Thorbjorn Olesen denied charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault stemming from a trans-Atlantic flight when he appeared in court in London on Wednesday, The Times newspaper reported. The 29-year-old, who helped Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup last year, was arrested...

22nd August

Tunisia part company with coach Giresse after Cup of Nations

TUNIS (Reuters) – Alain Giresse has left his job as Tunisia coach after nine months in the role having guided them to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in July. The former France international’s departure was announced by the Tunisian Football Federation on Wednesday, who said in a brief statement that it was...

Djokovic and Osaka top seeds for U.S. Open

(Reuters) – World number ones and title holders Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been named the top seeds for the U.S. Open which starts on Monday in New York. Three-times U.S. Open champion Djokovic, who comes into the tournament having won his fifth Wimbledon title, is followed in the seedings by 2017 winner Rafael...

Dubai uses extreme cold cryotherapy to treat racehorses in world first

DUBAI (Reuters) – In the searing summer heat of Dubai, some of the world’s top racehorses are being swathed in freezing nitrogen mist to boost their performance. Cryotherapy, which surrounds the body in a mist as cold as -140°C, has been used for decades on athletes to aid recovery and in medicine. A Dubai-based company,...

FRU presented $2.54m cheque for Flying Fijians RWC preparation

FIJI National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey presented a cheque of $2,546,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. Present at the sponsorship at the ANZ Stadium was the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach, John McKee, and Fiji Rugby Union...

Rugby clinic attracts young rugby enthusiasts

RUGBY Academy Fiji Milo Holiday Clinic drew in a large crowd of young rugby enthusiasts during its one-week program at the Albert Park in Suva today. Rugby Academy Fiji founder Seremaia Bai said he was pleased with the development of the sport in the country as more organisations and groups organised rugby clinics for young...

Basketball Fiji organises 3×3 championship

BASKETBALL Fiji in partnership with the Damodar Group will be hosting the Damodar 3 by 3 Basketball Championship tomorrow at the Damodar City car park in Suva. Damodar City CEO Div Damodar and Basketball Fiji president Ioane Naivalurua signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the championship, which is in its second year running. Mr Damodar...

Nadroga continues commitment with Clermont

AFTER joining Clermont at the end of 2014 in the Top 14 French rugby competition, Alivereti Raka has never looked back. He was one of the players who went through the Nadroga rugby system. The winger who is part of the France team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year had a one-month...

Seniloli confident of good RWC outing

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians halfback Henry Seniloli is confident of putting up a good performance for his country as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup next which will be held in Japan next month. The 30-year-old said his main motivation was his family and his yearn to represent Fiji in the World Cup. “I...

Boost for police boxers

SOUTHERN Division police boxing team is ready for the challenge in next week’s annual Inter-formation Boxing Tournament which will be held at the Nasinu Police Mobile in Nasinu. Twenty-three boxers will be representing the Southern Division Police team. Team captain Pauliasi Ratu said the team had a tough month of preparation leading up to the...

Caucau: Do your country proud

FORMER Flying Fijians winger Rupeni Caucau believes Fiji can create upsets at the upcoming Rugby World Cup and return home with a positive result. Caucau, who played at the 2003 RWC congratulated the 32 players named by coach John McKee but reminded them to do their country proud. “The message to them is that they...

Nemani calls for good governance

THE permanent secretary for the Ministry of Sports, Maretino Nemani, has called on local sports organisations to look after their athletes well. Nemani, a former Suva and national football captain and former Suva Football Association president, said athletes contributed to the Fijian economy. “The big picture is these athletes or players will be contributing to...

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