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Tui Levuka, Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotuinaceva and Dr Robin Mitchell and Adi Vika Rokotuinaceva during the meeting with the Levuka Weightlifting Club on May 30, 2018. Photo: Manhar Lal
June 01
11:53 2018

Sevens rugby won gold at 2016 Olympics under Ben Ryan, we want local coach to win first weightlifting medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics-Levuka Weightlifting Club

The Levuka Weightlifting Club wants a local coach to be the first to win the first weightlifting medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.

Club’s president Peni Tawai said unlike sevens rugby which won the gold medal under Englishman Ben Ryan, they want to show Fiji and the world that they can achieve success through local coach Joe Vueti.

The presentation was made to a Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Commission (FASANOC) independent delegation led by I.O.C member and Fiji Hockey Federation president Dr Robin Mitchell at the residence of the Tui Levuka, Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotuinaceva in Levuka on Wednesday.

The delegation which included FASANOC vice-presidents Manasa Baravilala, Makerita Lenoa and assistant development officer Makelesi Batimala listened to the grievances by the Levuka lifters who are boycotting participating in future regional and international tournaments after the appointment of Hossein Tavakoli as national head coach.

“We have a dream that a local coach can win Fiji’s weightlifting medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,” Tawai said.

“Sevens rugby won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics through overseas Ben Ryan but we want to prove that our local coach can do it.”

2018 Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medallist Eileen Cikamatana (left) and bronze medallist Apolonia Vaivai with Levuka Weightlifting Club  members on May 30, 2018.   Photo: Manhar Lal

2018 Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medallist Eileen Cikamatana (left) and bronze medallist Apolonia Vaivai with Levuka Weightlifting Club members on May 30, 2018.
Photo: Manhar Lal

Tawai then made four submissions to the delegation which are:

Send Tavakoli back to Iran;

Reinstate Joe Vueti as national head coach;

Eileen Cikamatana to continue training at the Olympic Weightlifting Institute in Noumea;

I.O.C funding to be distributed equally.

“We hope this will be discussed by the executive board of Weightlifting Fiji,” Tawai said.

“From there the next step will be made. We want justice to prevail in weightlifting and we will make sure that everything was sort out in a manner acceptable to all.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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