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Plan Your Work, Nemani Tells Reporters

"The call was made yesterday by Ministry of Youth and Sports per­manent secretary Maretino Nem­ani during the opening of the Fiji Sports Media symposium at the Holiday Inn in Suva."
24 Apr 2019 10:27
Plan Your Work, Nemani Tells Reporters
Permanent Secretary for Sports Maretino Nemani during the Fiji Sports Media symposium in Suva on April 23, 2019. Photos: Leone Cabenatabua

Sports reporters were urged to perform their duties diligent­ly while overseas with our national teams or covering inter­national sporting events.

The call was made yesterday by Ministry of Youth and Sports per­manent secretary Maretino Nem­ani during the opening of the Fiji Sports Media symposium at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

“It’s about being connected and be on time,” he said.

“I remembered while playing foot­ball with the national team we went on a tour overseas and was accom­panied by this reporter. This report­er went out shopping and missed all our training sessions and during game day, the reporter just man­aged to cover the second half.”

Nemani also recalled that during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and last year’s Com­monwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, most of our reporters were late to cover events involving Fiji athletes and missed out on the opportunities of conducting live coverage and one-on-one interviews

“It’s all about not being able to cap­ture the moment,” he added.

The former national football cap­tain urged reporters of the impor­tance of doing their homework by going through the programme of events and planning their move­ment accordingly as they play an important role of connecting with the people back home.

Nemani said for reporters it’s also about being accountable to their company who had sent them over to cover the events.

USP head of journalism Shailendra Singh takes a photo with Matai Akauola during the Fiji Sports Media symposium in Suva on April 23, 2019.

USP head of journalism Shailendra Singh takes a photo with Matai Akauola during the Fiji Sports Media symposium in Suva on April 23, 2019.

HEALTHY LIVING

FASANOC president Joe Rodan Snr called on sports reporters that they have an important role to play in the community as they connect with the people and be able to pro­mote healthy living.

Speaking during the Fiji Media Sports symposium, Rodan says, the alarming increase of Non Commu­nicable Diseases (NCDs) can only be combated if people are made aware of the need to stay fit and not being idle.

“You sports reporters have a role in this as your stories could encour­age people to take take-up a sport to participate in,”

Edited by Grace Narayan

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