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Scholarships To Help Prepare Athletes For 2020 Olympics

Scholarships To Help Prepare Athletes For 2020 Olympics
Women’s swimming champion Matelita Buadromo receives her scholarship from Joe Rodan Snr while Sally Yee and Eugene Vollmer look on at Asco Motors Showroom in Nabua on September 10, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi
September 11
10:28 2018

Eugene Vollmer, Sally Yee and Matelita Buadromo received their International Olym­pic Committee (IOC) scholarships during the Worldwide Olympic Partner Fiji Launch at the Asco Motors Showroom in Nabua, Suva yesterday.

Speaking during the launch, Na­tional Olympic Committee presi­dent Joseph Rodan Snr said the scholarships have been provided to help athletes qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Rodan Snr said the outstanding athletes come from the recommen­dation of the various sporting fed­erations.

“Based on the criteria that FAS­NOC has put down, it is based on their performances and contribu­tion towards sports and likelihood for them achieving the qualifying standards for the 2020 Olympics Games.

“This will help the athletes to reach the qualifying standards, which means travelling overseas and getting the necessary training.

“The scholarship is ranked into three different categories based on each athlete.

“The scholarship has been used over the years, and we can see that most athletes though they did not win any medal but they have per­formed beyond their level and this goes to the four athletes.”

Vollmer is a national triple jump champion, Buadromo is from swim­ming with Yee from table tennis.


Recipient, Vollmer said two things sports have taught him and they are time management and being re­sourceful, with the scholarship he will be able to utilise it well.

“Being resourceful would be an important life skill. Especially liv­ing on this side of the world hav­ing to deal with unavailability of training venues, membership fees, no proper equipment and transport during training,” he said.

“With the support from Toyota, we as athletes will have funds through the IOC scholarship.

“We will get quality training and our preparation towards the 2020 Olympics.”


Asco Motors chief executive of­ficer, Craig Simms said Toyota was launched as a brand of a global sponsorship for the Worldwide Olympic Partner Fiji Launch.

“We all know Toyota is the best motor vehicle brand in the world. Toyota provides reliability, durabil­ity, quality sales support,” Simms said.

“As the worldwide mobility part­ner and creating a committed mo­bility is a source of inspiration to improve the quality of life, the core values between the Olympic move­ment and Toyota.”

Oceania National Olympic Com­mittees (ONOC) executive director Dennis Miller said support from the business community is crucial to the staging of the games and the operations in the Olympic move­ment.

“Partners provide tactical ser­vices to the whole Olympic family commercial partners like Toyota lead to the success of this events,” Miller said.

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