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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...

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”....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Golfers to spice up BCG tuorney

TOP amateur players from Suva and Nadi will spice up the Ba Golf Club (BGC) season closing event at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course next Sunday. Fiji’s number one Abid Hussain and Suva’s Mohammed Rizwan will be part of the four-player ambrose event. Two-time Fiji amateur champion Indra Warjan and national squad member Asish...

Swimmers up against the best

THE 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2022 is a one-step level up for the four Fijian swimmers to compete with world class swimmers in Melbourne, Australia. The swimmers are Kelera Mudunasoko, Rosemarie Rova, Epeli Rabua and Hansel McCaig. Coach Willie Elaisa said these swimmers took part in the Commonwealth Games this year. However the...

‘Dirty laundry’: Angry Warner rejects public hearing for captaincy ban

David Warner has made the bombshell decision to withdraw his application to challenge his lifetime leadership ban from Australian cricket, to avoid a public hearing on the events surrounding the Newlands scandal in 2018. In a lengthy description of backroom arguments shared with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday night, Warner explained...

Wimbledon’s ban on Russians proves costly as Britain’s LTA fined $1.57 million

Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association has been fined $1million (NZ$1.57m) by the ATP for its ban on Russian and Belarusian players. The LTA has been threatened with expulsion from the Tour if it repeats the ban, it is also understood, imposed this year following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russians and Belarusians were also controversially prevented...

7th December

Morgan finishes second in New Zealand

Olympian and Fijian sailor Sophia Morgan recently finished second place overall during the ILCA North Island Championship in Napier, New Zealand. The 19-year-old said the event was “an opportunity to put my training into practice and race against a big fleet of 49 competitors”. “The next competition I am working towards is the 2023 Oceania...

The quiet achiever – From sportsman to administrator, Dr Mitchell still putting Fiji on global map

In a first for Fiji and the Oceania Continent, Dr Robin Mitchell was elected President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) about a month ago. Dr Mitchell has achieved so many firsts, made so much of the extraordinary, ordinary, that where his name is attached, it is possible to mark global level milestones...

5th December

FVF to select players in sanctioned tourney

The Fiji Volleyball Federation is using their sanctioned tournaments to select players who are eligible to represent Fiji in the Pacific Games next year. With the successful completion of their Fiji Women’s Crisis Center National Club Volleyball Championship, FVF has selected players who had played well. President Kemueli Naiqama said they had noted a few...

4th December

‘Super mum’ records intact

Fiji Sports Hall of Fame 2022 recipient Salome Tabuatalei currently holds the Fiji records for the women’s 1,500m, 3,00m, 10,000m and half a marathon all of which were set in the 1990s. Also known as the “Super mum”, she is an athlete and Va’a paddler and is a source of inspiration not only to the...

Bower honoured

Long serving sports administrator Patrick Bower was conferred the Fiji Olympic Order medal during the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Friday night. The Fiji Olympic Order was introduced in 2001 to recognise and honour the great work that m sports administrators, coaches and officials do to make...

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