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Suva keen to retain title

The Suva Futsal team is wary of the high intensity in competition this weekend as it defends its title in the Digicel Futsal Inter-District Championship in Suva. The IDC started yesterday afternoon at the Vodafone...

Cole’s new role

New Fiji football women’s head coach Lisa Cole arrived into the country early Wednesday morning from Los Angeles, US, after receiving her work permit from the Fijian Immigration Department. Cole is excited about her new role with Fiji Football Association. “I’m extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Fiji FA as...

Kunavula remains with Edinburgh

FormerFijian sevens player Mesulame Kunavula is set to remain with Edinburgh on a new deal. Rugby Pass reported that the 26-year-old joined Edinburgh from the Fiji Sevens program in 2019 and has since made 16 appearances for the capital club, the most recent against Brive. Kunavula, a member of the Fiji 7s team that won...

Australians continue dominance at Australian Open

Ash Barty will live out a childhood dream when she plays American Danielle Collins in the Australian Open final at Melbourne Park after a stunning 6-1 6-3 semi-final triumph over Madison Keys. Seeking to become the first local since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open, the 25-year-old was dominant once again as...

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck still learning rugby

Star rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is still feeling like a rookie ahead of his long-awaited return to rugby union. After 10 seasons in the NRL, the former Warriors captain had joined the Blues for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. Tuivasa-Sheck played almost 200 matches in the NRL, captained the Warriors for five seasons...

Singapore extends F1 deal

The Singapore Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar until at least 2028. The event, which was cancelled for the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is set to take place on 2 October as part of a record 23-race calendar this year. It will be the first grand prix under...

Coast to Coast: Longest day and mountain run to go ahead on February 12

The Coast to Coast has avoided the ever-growing list of major events relegated to the scrapheap in the aftermath of New Zealand’s latest move to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Having canned the two-day race on Monday after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved the country to the red traffic light setting, organisers confirmed the one-day race, and the mountain run,...

Unwanted in Australia, Novak Djokovic will return to action in Dubai

Novak Djokovic may have been deported and missed the chance to defend his Australian Open crown – but the world No 1 can expect a much warmer reception when he makes his return to action in Dubai next month. Djokovic’s headline place in the star-studded field for the Dubai Tennis Championships has been confirmed by the...

Pereira keen on Everton job despite competition, fan backlash

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira said he still wants to take charge of Everton following the sacking of Rafa Benitez, despite a backlash from some supporters over his potential appointment and reports Frank Lampard is also in the hunt. Everton dismissed Benitez this month with the club 16th in the Premier League...

ON Luge at the Beijing Olympics

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Focus on the luge events at the Beijing Olympics. THE ABSOLUTE BASICS *The fastest sport in the Olympics, a single rider goes feet-first and face-up, steering themselves down a special track with their calf muscles and shoulders down, at speeds of more than 130 kilometres an hour. *There are four disciplines,...

Bobsleigh-Germany chase dominance, monobob makes debut in Beijing

SHENZHEN, China, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics slide events are guaranteed to bring drama. Indeed, the final of the two-man bobsleigh in Pyeongchang four years ago was so dramatic that four men took gold. Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz rocketed over the finish line in three minutes 16.86 seconds – exactly matching...

USMNT ‘ready to go’ for critical World Cup qualifying window

Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter said on Wednesday he is not putting any added pressure on his team for the penultimate three-game World Cup qualifying window where they could move closer toward securing a spot in Qatar. While the upcoming window includes two critical home dates for the...

Olympics Climate change threatens Winter Olympics and future snow sports -research

BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Climate change is threatening the Winter Olympics and the future of snow sports by making conditions much more dangerous for athletes and participants, experts warned in a report published a week before the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The Games, which start on Feb 4, will be the first Winter...

27th January

Top players move

Fiji Football Association player registration and transfer manager Rohitesh Narayan has confirmed that the Association has not officially endorsed any player transfer to date since the opening of the January transfer window for local footballers. Narayan, however, he stated that the association had received a number of high-profile applications from footballers to switch districts in...

Fijian Drua CEO calls for fans support

Fijian Drua interim chief executive officer, Brian Thorburn, has called on the rugby supporters to become an “extra man” when the side commences their journey into unchartered waters during the Super Rugby Pacific competition next month. Thorburn said the show of support from the fans was what the newest franchise needed for every single match...

Cotter set to arrive in February

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor, has confirmed that the Union was planning to arrange Vern Cotter’s much-awaited arrival in the country barring any new restrictions pertaining to border closures from the wrath of the global pandemic. O’Connor said the Flying Fijians head coach would possibly jet into the country next month from...

Futsal IDC on TV

THE no spectators policy will not affect football lovers as the Fiji Football Association sealed a deal to take the sport to the comfort of their homes. Fiji FA and Fijian Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) have agreed to air live the 2021 Digicel Futsal Inter District (IDC) Championship at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala Bay. The competition starts today. Fiji FA’s competitions manager Amitesh Pal...

Former All Black Malakai Fekitoa finally makes contact with mother after Tonga tsunami

The long wait is over for former All Blacks and Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa – his mother is “safe and sound”. Like many Tongans overseas, Fekitoa has been waiting anxiously on news from family members after the devastating tsunami that followed the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. Although he had made contact with his sisters, Fekitoa...

Former national and Ba striker Taito Bula passes on

The Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel, its board members and the entire football fraternity is saddened to learn about the passing away of former national and Ba striker Taito Bula. Bula died at his home in Nailaqa Village in Ba last night at the age of 53. He made his debut for Ba in...

Big guns move through to final four

Russian Daniil Medvedev said he had “zero confidence” when he trailed Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime by two sets in their Australian Open quarter-final yet somehow found a way to claim victory in a Rod Laver Arena classic. The 25-year-old world number two was being outplayed by a majestic Auger-Aliassime and looked to be running out of...

Injuries to hamper Wales title tilt

New Wales captain Dan Biggar says the upcoming campaign feels like his first as he prepares to lead a squad missing 680 caps to injury, including regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones. Biggar will make his bow as captain in Wales’ opener against Ireland in Dublin on February 5th, as they seek to retain the title...

English star ruled out, as Six Nations launches

England captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations championship after suffering a second serious ankle injury in the latest blow to head coach Eddie Jones’s preparations for the competition that begins next week. Farrell had surgery in November on an ankle he injured playing against Australia then injured the other...

Olympics China’s Xi meets with IOC’s Bach in Beijing ahead of Games

BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Tuesday, just over a week before the start of the Winter Games, in a rare in-person encounter with a foreign visitor during the pandemic. Xi, who has not left China since COVID-19 first emerged, wore a...

NFL to host COVID-19 vaccination site in run-up to LA Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The NFL and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced they will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the run-up to the Feb. 13 Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium. The clinic will be on the site of the Super Bowl...

Rahm eager for return to stomping ground at Torrey Pines

Jan 25 (Reuters) – World number one Jon Rahm said on Tuesday he is eager to return to one of his most successful venues for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where at last year’s U.S. Open the Spaniard secured his first career major triumph. The picturesque venue in San Diego is Rahm’s...

USMNT taking it one game at a time in World Cup qualifiers

Jan 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s national team will be taking it one game at a time as they prepare for a trio of World Cup qualifying matches and will not let a tantalising encounter with Canada distract them from their next outing against El Salvador. The USMNT, who are second in the CONCACAF...

Thomas says he has no complaints about easy courses

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Justin Thomas on Tuesday weighed into the debate over whether some courses on the PGA Tour are challenging enough, saying weather conditions are the biggest factor in scoring, not decisions made by tournament officials. World number one Jon Rahm raised eyebrows last week when he lambasted the setup at the La...

26th January

Northerners’ massive step in rugby league

The Fiji National Rugby League began a new chapter over the weekend with the establishment and naming of the pioneer executive board members of the Northern State rugby league to help further the sport on Vanua Levu. The formation of the Northern State conference sees the Northern Division come under the parent body of the...

Coach praises players’ individual performances

Head coach of the Fijian Drua Mick Byrne has noticed an immense growth in the individual players selected to be a part of the historic Drua brigade as the countdown begins before the team’s first match against the Waratahs next month. Byrne said he was impressed with the players’ ability to bounce back the next...

Drua-Force match called off

The Fijian Drua’s trial match against Western Force on Sunday was called off. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn in a statement said the Force were unable to travel in and out of Western Australia as earlier anticipated because of the delay in border reopening. “The Drua share the disappointment of fans and stakeholders about the...

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