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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...

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...

Birmingham 2022: Bula festival attrachs Fijians

The 2022 Bula Festival in the United Kingdom had a big turnout with more than 5000 people turning up for the two-day event. Among them was former Fiji 7s rep Lakalaka Waqanivere. Waqanivere represented Fiji 7s from 1996-1998 on the world stage. “I moved to the United Kingdom in 2000. It was just during the...

8th August

Birmingham 2022: ‘Bright future’

Fiji has a bright future in sports as there are a lot of young talents representing the country. These were the words of Team Fiji general manager Ajay Ballu considering the number of young athletes taking part at this year’s Commonwealth Games for Fiji. Two such athletes are 16-year-old judoka Gerard Takayawa and 17-year-old Triathlon...

Birmingham 2022: Karan stops short

Fijian athlete Yeshnil Karan failed to finish his men’s 5000 metres event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. Up against the best in the Commonwealth and some of the best in the world, fatigue got the better of the young Fijian as he had to stop in the middle of the tough race. This...

Games bid intensifies

With the date of the 2022 Coca-Cola Games looming closer, competition sponsors Coca-Cola Europacific Partners national sales manager Lawrence Tikaram said the company was excited to be a part of the region’s biggest annual secondary schools athletics competition. “We are absolutely humbled and grateful to all stakeholders through our Government, Ministry of Education and FSSSAA...

Breen eyes tennis fame

Saoirse Breen aims to become Fiji’s first women’s tennis professional player. Breen is Fiji’s No.1 junior rep, who has a world junior ranking of 639. Her career highest ranking was 550 back in January this year. Breen is based in Barcelona, Spain. She collected three silver medals and a bronze at the recent Pacific Mini...

Oceania hopes for more development

The Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF) is hopeful that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Regional Tennis Centre (RTC) will reopen in Lautoka by 2024. The RTC was closed in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic. The RTC produced many national reps who earned ITF scholarships in the United States. They included Archana Reddy, Devashkar Reddy, Christopher Hargrove,...

Chess double victory

The Fiji chess team celebrated a double victory on the weekend during the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India. The Fijian women’s team beat Guyana and the open team got the better of British Virgin Islands. In the match against Guyana, Board 1 Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons trapped Pooja Lam in a...

7th August

Record breaking McKeon admits pool programme took ‘mental toll’

(Reuters) – Multiple champion Emma McKeon said she has had to pay a psychological price for her dominance in the pool after the Australian became the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time. McKeon, who also has a record-breaking haul of Olympic medals to her name, won six golds as well as a silver...

PNC: Breen thankful for support

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has been supportive of the development of the sport in the region for many years. The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are organised by the ITF in the world over in different groups for their Class B members. Similarly in 2018, ITF introduced the Nations Cup Pacific for Class C...

PNC: Women reign supreme

Fiji reigned supreme in the women’s category of the Punjas Nations Cup Pacific at the Regional Tennis Centre in Nadovu, Lautoka yesterday. The team made up of Ruby Coffin and Saoirse Breen defeated Northern Marianas 2-0 in the final. It was a comprehensive victory for the hosts as the doubles match was not played. In...

Special Olympics serve as trials for World Games in Berlin

The Special Olympics National Talent Identification Games in Lautoka yesterday served as the initial trials for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany. Special athletes from as far as Rabi, Labasa and Ovalau participated in the event. Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Rovereto Nayacalevu, who was the chief guest for the...

Birmingham 2022: Team Fiji lawn bowlers bow out

The Lawn Bowls competition came to an end for Fiji on Friday with the women’s triples losing to the Cook Islands in the quarter-final match. Fiji went down 23-12. Team manager Astral Smith said the side played well but were outclassed by the opponents. “They (Cook Islands) played an amazing game. Their 20-year-old second played...

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