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Editorial: Play Ball, Play Fair Let Us Do Our Job

Editorial: Play Ball, Play Fair Let Us Do Our Job
Jacinta Essam of Australia during 2018 Junior Pan Pacific swimming championship female 400meters medley at Damodar Aquatic Centre on August 24, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 26
11:33 2018

Our readers have every right to be disappointed with our limited coverage of the 2018 Pan Pacific Junior Swimming Championship.

We tried our best and in the end we struggled to get access at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre.

As a bigger, better, brighter and responsible newspaper, it is our daily duty to deliver for our readers.

But what we thought was miscommunication from the first day ended up in our team being sidelined and only getting the bare minimum, a snippet from the event which finishes today. Our team were tucked away and told by security guards to stay within a confined space. We don’t blame them as they are simply following orders by someone who thought he/she is holier-than-thou or bigger than the sport.

Fiji Swimming must be applauded for playing host to an international event and their preference for media partners. But at the same time they must be fair to all other media outlets who contributed in promoting the event. It was the first time the event was hosted outside Canada, Australia, United States and Japan since it was incepted eight years ago. And who does not want to be part of the biggest swimming meet ever to be hosted in the country?

Who does not want to be part of an event, competed by 11 countries from around the world, which not only assists in the development of the game but promotes Fiji as a destination for sporting events in future? Sports is now a marketable commodity and our athletes and country are benefitting from the spinoffs and this could not have been possible without media coverage. We always want to see sports grow.  As is always the case, we were there even before the tournament started and we are disappointed that we could not be there at the finishing line in the end.

Being regarded as a minor sport, Fiji Swimming will need media attention for it to thrive after the Pan Pacific Junior Championship ends today.

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the world and the Government is clear with its intention by including it in its two-year plan.

Assistant Minister For Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana in opening the event on Thursday said; “Our intention is to promote Fiji as one of the destinations 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 and his team must be applauded for their hard work over the years. We can only make it better if they let us do our job.

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

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