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25th April

Takayawa ready for judo tourney

THE level of competition gets tougher as Tevita Takayawa continues his fight to secure a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. “This year is the first time for the Asian Championship to be organised...

24th April

Obstacles women face in trying to excel in sports

WOMEN participating in sports face negligence, lack of support and discrimination among other obstacles in trying to excel in sports. This was heard during the second day  of the Fiji Sports Media Symposium at the Holiday Inn, Suva this morning. The symposium started this morning with a presentation and panel discussion headed by Women In...

Power to unite

The Fiji Sports Media Association symposium outlined some important facts and significant roles that sports journalists play in the country. Permanent secretary of Youth and Sports Maritino Nemani said sports play a vital role in our community in uniting people. “As sports journalists, you play a vital role in our nation because you convey the...

Sharks visit Fiji for friendly matches

THE Sharks in Paradise hockey team is currently touring the country for its Fiji tour which began in Lautoka earlier this week. Consisting of hockey lovers and enthusiasts, the 18-member squad along with family members have been participating in a series of friendly matches in Lautoka, Rakiraki and last night in Suva at the National...

23rd April

Swimming duo for Japan study stint

FIJI Swimming accomplished a milestone achievement towards development and productivity when two of its swimmers had been offered Olympic Scholarships for Tokyo 2020. Local and regional champions Matelita Buadromo and Epeli Rabua were given the opportunity to study and train in Japan prior to the 2020 Olympics. Buadromo said the scholarship had opened a new...

Fiji darts aims high, seeks financial support

THE Fiji Darts Association has set a goal to accomplish later this year and that is to attend a darts regional competition in Niue. The development of darts in the country has been facing a lot of issues, but former national champion and association executives, Lawrence Ram and Mahendra Singh continue to work behind the...

Former Fiji 7s rep Dauvucu helps unemployed youths

FORMER Fiji 7s rugby player Aporosa Dauvucu continues to organise and co-fund mini volleyball tournaments for youths in Lami Village and surrounding areas to keep them from being involved in criminal activities. Dauvucu has been organising volleyball tournaments for the past few years. On the Easter long weekend, he was at it again. This time...

Pan claims first tour win by one stroke over Kuchar

(Reuters) – Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung held steady when it counted and won his first PGA Tour tournament with a one-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar as world number one Dustin Johnson stumbled badly on the back nine at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Pan, who goes by the initials C.T., collected a birdie...

22nd April

Cricket – Paceman Hassan surprise pick in Afghanistan World Cup squad

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Afghanistan named fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who last played for the side in July 2016, in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup on Monday. Hassan, 31, has played 32 one-day internationals for the war-torn nation and was also part of Afghanistan’s maiden appearance at the 50-over World Cup in Australia...

Special Olympics football captain passes on

TEAM Fiji women’s football captain to the Special Olympics Arieta Lala passed away last Friday after a short illness. The hero for the team Fiji football side scored the winning goal for the team in the bronze medal play-offs against South Africa 1-0 to win the game and the bronze for the team and the...

Suva wins Fiji Games 2019

SUVA has been crowned the overall champion of the Fiji Games 2019 that was held in various venues over five days and attended by hundreds who braved the wet weather conditions to compete throughout the Easter weekend in an event that is held every two years. Suva claimed 60 gold medals, 75 silver and 53...

Former 7s player organises volleyball tournament for youths

FORMER Fiji 7s rugby player Aporosa Dauvucu continues to organise and fund mini-volleyball tournaments for the youths in Lami as he tries to keep them organised and focused and away from getting involved in illegal activities. Dauvucu organised the Burekalou volleyball tournament and is on its second phase of competitions. He said there had been...

Fiji’s touch rugby sides set for World Cup journey

THE Fiji Touch Rugby team will be leaving our shores later today to represent the country at the 2019 Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The national team was accorded a farewell service at the Raiwaqa Methodist Church in Raiwaqa yesterday. Fiji Touch Rugby president Josua Satavu said the team was blessed with a...

Fiji Swimming targets fast times for Pacific Games

FIJI Swimming is looking to take a small group of quality swimmers to the upcoming Samoa Pacific Games after the final trials were held jointly with the Fiji Games in the weekend at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. Team Fiji head coach Sharon Smith said swimmers who had made the qualifying times would...

Suva men shock bowlers

THE Dan Lum On-skippered Suva men’s team pulled off a surprise victory during the Shop N Save Supermarket sponsored Hutson Cup Bowls Championship at the Nadi Sports and Social Club greens yesterday. The side with players such as Martin Fong, Matthew Robinson and Ramesh Chand defeated Tamavua 23-10 in the decisive match to finish ahead...

Boxers’ fitness will be closely monitored: Coach Fuata

FIJI Amateur Boxing head coach Nicholas Fuata says he will be closely monitoring the fitness aspect of the boxers before he can finalise the final team. Fuata says the fitness of the boxers was an essential part of doing well at the upcoming Samoa Pacific Games. “We will have a fitness test after we have...

Cricket – Australia’s Smith says two weeks away from full recovery

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Steve Smith has laid to rest concerns about his fitness and form ahead of Australia’s Cricket World Cup title defence and said he is two weeks away from completely recovering from the elbow surgery he underwent earlier this year. The 29-year-old scored a match-winning unbeaten 59 on Saturday, hours after being named...

21st April

Athletics-Former Olympic champion Kiprop gets four-year doping ban

(Reuters) – Kenya’s former Olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday. The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017. Kiprop had argued his urine sample, which was...

Nadal blown away by Fognini in Monte Carlo semis

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 semi-final defeat against flamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday, showing rare signs of weakness five weeks before the French Open. The 11-time champion’s loss in tricky conditions ended a series of 25 consecutive sets won on his favourite clay...

Cricket – India’s Pandya, Rahul fined by ombudsman for talk-show comments

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul have been each ordered to pay 2 million rupees (about $29,000) towards charity within a month for their comments about women in a television chat-show, a board (BCCI) ombudsman has ruled. Indian cricket administrators recalled Pandya and Rahul from a tour of Australia and...

Fiji Volleyball missions strong contingent to Pacific Games

FIJI Beach Volleyball is expected to take a strong contingent to the Samoa Pacific Games in July. Coach Apenisa Saukuru said both the teams had the ability to win gold medals at the Games. “We have a good mix in both the teams and this year we are expecting both the teams to be doing...

England batsman Hales takes break for ‘personal reasons’

LONDON (Reuters) – England batsman Alex Hales, who was named in their provisional squad for the Cricket World Cup, has taken an indefinite break from the game due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire have said. “Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his...

Djokovic falls to Medvedev in Monte Carlo, Nadal marches on

(Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic’s French Open preparations were dealt with a blow as he suffered a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Friday. Djokovic, twice champion in Monte Carlo, fought back to level the match after dropping the first set before the 23-year-old...

Tennis-Brazil’s Souza provisionally suspended amid corruption probe

(Reuters) – Brazilian Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended for the second time this year amid a corruption investigation, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Friday. Souza, ranked 422nd in the world, was initially suspended on March 29 due to alleged breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program but was reinstated this month following a...

20th April

Fiji Taekwondo confirms seven athletes for Pacific Games

THE Fiji Taekwondo Association has confirmed seven of the eight athletes to represent Team Fiji to the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. “We have confirmed seven of our best to represent Fiji at the Pacific Games,” said team manager Nimesh Prasad. Sakiusa Tuva, Pranit Kumar, Josefa Otterbech, Apisai Baleloa and Kitione Mua will compete in...

De Villiers suggests shorter innings break to avoid slow over-rate

(Reuters) – Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight. Some IPL evening matches, which start at 8 p.m. local time, have finished well past midnight this...

Vakasama breaks swim record at Fiji Games competition

THREE records were broken at the Fiji Swimming Fiji Games competition this weekend held at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre. The first record was broken by Taichi Vakasama in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4.38.91. Vakasama broke his own record (4.47.13) he set in the 11th Oceania Championships. Vakasama also broke Meli...

Hill brothers win gold in Fiji Games boxing championship

BROTHERS Winston and Jonathan Hill both won gold in their respective bouts during the Fiji Games National Boxing Championship finals at the Police Special Response Unit in Nasinu today. Winston won gold in the 69kg final bout beating Sunia Dari by way of a unanimous points decision. Earlier, Jonathan Hill won his final bout in...

Athletics – Radcliffe warns Semenya verdict could be death of women’s sport

(Reuters) – British former marathon runner Paula Radcliffe believes the verdict of a legal case involving Olympic champion Caster Semenya could open the door for transgender athletes to claim an unfair advantage in women’s sport. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to rule this month on whether the International Association of Athletics...

Archery team eyes four-member team for Pacific Games

FIJI Archery president George Fong says they have a clear idea of the archers they will be taking to the Samoa Pacific Games. “We will be taking four archers including one official and we have a clear idea of who we will be taking after the final trials today,” said Fong. Team Fiji Archery will...

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