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Lakhan Updates Managers

Lakhan Updates Managers
Team Fiji section managers during their meeting with Pacific Games Council president Vidhya Lakhan at Olympic House in Suva yesterday. Photo: Eroni Tuinaceva
January 18
09:20 2015

With only six months to go to the 2015 Pacific Games, Games Council President

Vidhya Lakhan briefed Team Fiji section managers yesterday on the latest update and progress of the 2015 Pacific Games.

The Pacific Games Council president gave a  breakdown of venues and a few problems faced by the organisers

“The Taurama Aquatic Centre will be the venue for swimming and construction has progressed well and it is set to be one of the largest aquatic complexes in the Pacific,”Lakhan said.

“However, one major issue that is being faced regarding this complex is the lack of seating.

“The contractors are working to accommodate at least 200 seats but we’re looking to add more because of the popularity of the sport.

“PNG has a very strong team in swimming with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ryan Pini so we expect a very strong public turnout to support the team.

“Some of the original structure that was built for the 1991 Pacific Games at the Sir John Guise Stadium has been retained. But most is being renovated to meet international standards.

“As for netball, construction of the venue is underway but we have alternate venues in place in the case that it’s not ready on time.”

Some section managers gave updates on their preparations.

Fiji national football coach Carlos Buzzetti says a decision would be made soon on which national men’s team would be sent to Papua New Guinea while women’s coach Charlene Lockington gave the thumbs up for her squad.

“The women’s team are on track. We started with a 45-member squad and we reduced it to 35,”Lockington said.

“We’re planning some local tournaments as a build up and also a possible tour to Australia in April which should be a major boost for us.

“We’ve got a very young but experienced and good side and we’re ready to do some damage at this year’s Games.”

Telecom Fijiana team manager Selita Koroi indicated the Pacific Games was a very important in the road to Rio 2016.

“We’ve completed the first leg of the HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series in Dubai and finishing sixth is a good achievement for us considering our status as first-timers. We’ve been in continuous training and preparations for PNG are well on track.

“It’ll be of particular importance for us because this will serve as the qualifier for us to the 2016 Rio Olympics if we fail to make the final four on the series. So we’re focused and dedicated towards that goal.”

Basketball Fiji secretary Lieutenant-Colonel Ned Taito said they were likely to include six overseas-based players.

“We’ve had our trials for the Pacific Games squad and after selecting teams of 20 each for the men’s and women’s teams, we reduced the squad to the final 12 for each team and 2 coaches. And we’re looking to bring in six overseas players who are keen and available for the Games.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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