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Police receives shield

THE winner of the Mixed Basketball tournament, Police Tritons, have received their shield and prize money Fiji Basketball president and former commissioner of police Brig-Gen (Ret.) Iowane Naivalurua. Naivalurua said the Police Tritons Basketball Club...

Club ‘develops into amazing institution’

THE famous Hasbeens Soccer Club has come a long way since it was formed in 1975, participating in many local tournaments and also touring overseas countries. The club will hold its annual match at the University of the South Pacific grounds next Friday followed by its annual meeting and prize presentation ceremony and award night...

Trio receive Fiji PGA tour cards

THREE players have received their provisional Fiji Professional Golfers (Fiji PGA) Tour Card for the 2023 season. The trio were part of the group of amateur golfers who participated in the Fiji PGA Q-School (qualifying school) tournament for the 2023 season at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club Course in Nadi earlier this month. The...

Youths enjoy games

THE Naselai youths hope to get in more participants for next year’s Central Community Games. Coach and player Avisa Ravudi said they had the talent and the players, all they needed was to push them to come and participate in the tournament. “We have very good rugby players, talented who one day they can don...

More ‘trials’ for golfers

GOLF Fiji will hold more trials next year to select the best team for the 2023 Pacific Games. The parent body of amateur golf held two trials this year. This was during the Western Amateur Championship and the Eastern Amateur Championship. Golf Fiji tournament director Rohit Chandra said they had a preliminary squad of 20...

Games forge unity

ONE thing the youths learnt from the Central Community Games is unity. This according to Vunimono Youth president Ponipate Bainivalu while speaking to this newspaper yesterday. “It brought all the youths together, especially in my village,” he said. “We had meetings, everybody helped with the preparation towards the games. “We thank Fiji Sports Commission for...

9th December

‘She is coming home!’: Sports world cheers Griner’s release

(Reuters) -Brittney Griner’s Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team mates, fellow athletes and sport luminaries cheered her release from Russian custody on Thursday, months after she was first detained in a Moscow airport. The twice Olympic champion pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and smuggling illegal drugs but insisted she had made an “honest mistake”....

South African Rugby continues to break new ground in Europe

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – History will be made this weekend when South African clubs enter European Rugby’s Champions Cup for the first time, another sign of the country’s push into more lucrative markets and the increasing shift away from the global south. The Durban-based Sharks will make South Africa’s bow when they host English side...

Yasawa rugby to begin off-season program

The Yasawa rugby team will begin its off-season training program on January 9 to prepare for the 2023 Skipper Cup competition. Yasawa has named an extended training squad with more than 150 players. The side returned to the top flight after edging Bua 21-20 in the semi-final of the Vodafone Vanua Championship. Bua had filed...

Fans to buy tickets on Fijian Drua’s website

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has partnered with a leading New Zealand company to introduce a brand new ticketing system. The new system will allow fans to purchase match tickets and other products through their phones on the Club’s website. The new ticketing system will allow fans to purchase reserved Platinum or Gold seats at...

Coffa: ‘Fiji should be proud of Eileen’

Fiji should be proud of what Eileen Cikamatana has achieved. Oceania Weightlifting Federation general secretary and head coach Paul Coffa said Eileen has made this country proud by winning and breaking records. “She is happy and she will continue to put her birth country Fiji, and Australia on top.” He said the Australian government was...

Topline youth out to make a name for themselves

We need to prove that we are not bad youths. These were the words of Nabua Topline Volleyball team Semesa Qereqeretabu. They are grateful to Fiji National Sports Commission for hosting the three-day Central Community Games at Laucala in Suva. Qereqeretabua said that kind of community engagement brought youths together. “Nowadays, we’ve seen that of...

Cape Town 7s: First three missions ‘key’

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is geared for the challenge of taking on three tough teams during the pool stage of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend. Fiji will open their campaign against third placed France at 5.35am on Saturday and then play number one ranked South...

Champion chases Olympic dream

Oceania Weightlifting Institute head coach Paul Coffa’s main goal is to see that Fijian born weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana is ready for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Both Paul and Cikamatana were in the country in preparation and will en-route to Los Angeles to be part of the 2022 Weightlifting championship that will be held in Bogota,...

Qatar probing death of a worker at World Cup training site

DOHA (Reuters) -Qatar has launched a work safety investigation into the death of a Filipino, officials said on Thursday, following reports that the man died while working at a training site during the soccer World Cup. Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers has come under enormous scrutiny during the build-up to the tournament, with human rights...

Cape Town 7s: Fijian 7s to improve consistency in pool play

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will be out to improve their consistency in the pool matches during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend. Fiji went down 7-24 to New Zealand in the second pool match in Dubai last weekend. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said they dropped...

Cape Town 7s: Fiji 7s set to bounce back

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is set to bounce back in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa, which starts today. The side has left the disappointment of not reaching the quarter-finals in Dubai last weekend behind them and is focused on the task ahead. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said...

Bills’ elite pass rusher Miller out for season after knee surgery

Dec 7 (Reuters) – The Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl hopes suffered a major blow as the team said on Wednesday that elite pass rusher Von Miller will miss the rest of the 2022 National Football League season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Miller has missed one game since he left...

‘Captain Clutch’ Poulin named Canada’s athlete of the year

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Marie-Philip Poulin was named Canada’s top athlete of 2022 on Wednesday, capping a year in which she led the national women’s ice hockey team to gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and world championships. The long-time national team captain, who finished second in scoring at the Beijing Games where she...

Brazil’s dancing about happiness, not disrespect – Vinicius Jr

DOHA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vinicius Jr said they would not stop dancing to celebrate goals at the World Cup as it was an expression of happiness that was part of Brazilian culture. Brazil thrashed South Korea 4-1 in their World Cup last-16 match on Monday, but it was not just their footballing masterclass...

Donata Hopfen resigns as German Football League CEO

FRANKFURT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Donata Hopfen, CEO of Germany’s soccer governing body Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) will resign from her post at the end of the year, DFL said on Wednesday. DFL said its supervisory board had held a meeting earlier and decided Hopfen “had different ideas about the future strategic direction of the...

8th December

More work needs to be done

The FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) president Husain Al-Musallam has strongly stated that swimming should be compulsory. Mussallam along with his team is visiting the Oceania countries ahead of the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) that will be held in Melbourne, Australia. He said one of his aims was to see more people know...

Cikamatana: I want to be the best

Fijian born Australian weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana has her focus set on the 2022 IWF World Championship in Bogota, Columbia. Cikamatana won Australia’s first weightlifting gold at the Birmingham Games with lifts in the 87kg category. More significantly, she is now the first woman to win Commonwealth Games gold for two countries, having won the 90kg...

Weightlifter gears up for championship

Weightlifter and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Taniela Rainibogi has overcome injury to train for the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia. Taniela, who had a minor injury in his calf muscle is now fit to participate again. He had alraedy went though his medical program. The 24-year-old Cakaudrove lad said he was grateful to...

Tuivuna top bet to win President’s Cup

Tomasi Tuivuna is the top seed for the Gecko’s Trucking sponsored President’s Cup 2022 which will be played at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club Course in Nadi this Saturday. The President’s Cup is the top prized competition under the Fiji Professional Golfers Association (Fiji PGA) banner. Amateur golfers will also be part of the...

The next World Cup will jump to 48 teams. Is bigger better?

The next World Cup will be the biggest ever after world football body Fifa took the leap from a 32-team field to 48 teams in 2026. It means more of football’s so-called “little teams” that didn’t make it to Qatar will be given a chance of a lifetime when the tournament is hosted by the...

FNRL eyes wheelchair competition

THE Fiji National Rugby League is eyeing a milestone by entering the national team in the wheelchair competition at the next Rugby League World Cup in France if things fall into place. Wheelchair rugby league is among the fastest growing sport internationally and was an attraction at the 2021 Rugby League World which was played...

Hurricanes Poua lure NRLW champion Kiwi Fern home for Super Rugby Aupiki

Hurricanes Poua have completed their Super Rugby Aupiki squad with the additions of an NRLW champion Kiwi Fern, a Black Ferns Sevens veteran and a former World-Cup winning Black Fern. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly, Shakira Baker and Sosoli Talawadua were confirmed on Thursday as the Hurricanes’ final three signings for next year’s quick-fire competition, having revealed 25 of...

Natabe lays out plan

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) will set a strong platform to pave the way for the Fiji Bulikula to qualify for the 2025 Women’s Rugby League World Cup in France. Fiji Bulikula has never qualified for the World Cup since the inaugural event which was played in England in 2000. FNRL acting chief executive...

French douse fitness fears over star striker Kylian Mbappe

Yes, Kylian Mbappe will be ready to face England at the World Cup on Sunday. No, the France forward was not injured when he missed training. France teammate Ibrahima Konate delivered a reassuring message about Mbappe on Thursday, news that perhaps England fans did not want to hear three days before the teams meet in the quarterfinals. “There’s nothing...

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