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Sad day for Athletics Fiji

June 11
09:36 2014

The late Roy Ravana Junior (left), with fellow student athletes in 2012; from left; Lepani Naivalu, Kemueli Waqa and Beniamino Maravu. Photo: Jona Konataci

ANASILINI RATUVA
suva

The late Roy Ravana Junior’s death has been tagged as the saddest day for Athletics Fiji.
Its new president Joseph Rodan (Senior) said the country had lost one of its promising athlete.
“ This is the sad day for Athletics Fiji losing one of our promising athlete, an athlete who is groomed and developed for Fiji and had a lot of potentials,” Rodan said.
“Athletics Fiji mourns the loss of our asset and our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time.”
Ravana Junior was attending IOWA Central Community College. His namesake father confirmed that Junior was killed in a shooting incident Sacramento, USA yesterday as he ran to assist a child who had just been shot. Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro also sent his condolences to the family saying he first met Ravana in 2008 when they were training partners at Marist Brothers High School.
“When I heard the news, I was surprise and it came as a shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Banuve said.
“I was expecting him to come during his summer break to Fiji and we will train together, but this will not happen since he is not there. Fiji has lost a promising 400metre runner.
Tabakaucoro said few of Ravana’s athletics highlights were during the 2011 Pacific Games where they ran the 4x100m relay together with Fiji winning gold medal. Ravana Junior also competed in the 4x400m relay.
“Fiji has lost one of its 400m runners Ravana will be solemnly missed by everyone and whoever will want to fill in his space, will really have to step up,” Tabakaucoro said.
Ravana was in Fiji’s squad for the Commonwealth Games, Oceania Games and next year’s Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
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