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Fiji Keen To Host World: Delana

Fiji Keen To Host World: Delana
Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliasa Delana with Fiji Swimming President Ban Rova during Junior Pan Pacific Championship at Damodar Aquatic Centre in Suva on August 21, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 23
11:00 2018

More than 250 athletes from 11 countries were part in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships opening ceremony at the Damodar Aquatic Centre, Suva last night.

Chief guest and Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana said being the first time such an international tournament is held outside Canada, Australia, United States of America and Japan, Fiji is proud to have this honour.

“Having an international competition of this calibre being hosted in Fiji, fol­lowing the Oceania Swimming competition is in lined with our two-year plan,” Delana said.

“We are clear with our intentions to promote Fiji as one of the destination for sporting events. Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the world and I am advising parents to encourage their children to participate.”

Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova said it was a historical moment for Fiji to host the Junior Pan Pacific for the first time since it began eight years ago.

Rova wished the swimmers the best as they competition begins today.

“For the first time since the Pan Pac has commenced we thank you for allowing us this privilege a small island nation to host the Junior Pan Pacific,” Rova said.

“As history is being made this week during the Junior Pan Pacific Championship we look forward to showing you that our swimming cannot only hold their own competition and we are eager to share our Fijian Bula spirit with you all.

“I would like to wish all the competitors that best of success. The pool and the officials are ready and they have undergone three weeks training by the FINA technical officials.

‘We look forward to the four competitive days of swimming and hope you swim­mers will give notice to the world and this nation of Fiji that you deserve your spot to represent your nation in the Olympics.”

Junior Pan Pacific secretary Mike Ungar said the competition has proven to be a great stepping stone for athletes who are on their way to the Olympic Games and the FINA World Champs and he thanked the government of Fiji for their support in the competition and for swimming Fiji.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

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