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Bibi Was A Passionate Woman In Sports And Role Model

Fiji Association of Sport ad National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) is mourning the loss of former board member, Hamidan Bibi. Bibi, a former national tennis champion was the chairman for the
02 Mar 2021 14:19
Bibi Was A Passionate Woman In Sports And Role Model
Hamidan Bibi. Photo: Habitat for Humanity Fiji

Fiji Association of Sport ad National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) is mourning the loss of former board member, Hamidan Bibi.

Bibi, a former national tennis champion was the chairman for the FASANOC’s Women In Sports Commission.

FASANOC chief executive officer, Lorraine Mar, said that it was a great loss to the sporting fraternity.

She was secretary of women in sports commission, for quite some time, before she became chairperson.

Mar was grateful for her contribution to sports through the years.

“I knew Bibi from our tennis playing day, that’s how she has come through,” she said.

“We appreciate people who have been active athletes who then move up when they retire and continue to give back to the sport, so that’s exactly what she did.

“It is very sad to lose someone who has been a fellow athlete and then colleague, and in administration,” Mar added.

She took over chairperson in 2017 from golder Susie Yee.

Mar indicated that she got to know more of her and the work she was involved in.

“She was very passionate about a lot of things, she the the passion for empowering women through sports” she said.

“One of our objectives of having women in sport commission is to bring more women into sport, not only to play sport, but there is such an untapped resource in terms of support.

“And that’s a lot of what Bibi drove in women in sport, a lot of leadership courses that gave women skills to serve sports committees and all that.

“She continued to play tennis, even though not competitively but she played until she became sick. She was a very good role model.

“She had experience as she was an active sports woman, an experience on how can people serve athletes better. So she was a good role model in that.

“In the more recent years, she was very strong with us on gender based violence as well as human rights and sports. The right for everyone to have the access to sports,” Mar added.

 

This year, Bibi helped FASANOC put an application to secure a grant from the Commonwealth Games federation for introducing gender based violence as one of the messages in the Voice of the Athletes programme.

Mar said she came up with the slogan for women in sports – making sports more than a game, using sport to address various issues.

“That’s I think is a legacy she’s going to leave behind in this year and the following years.”

She was a Fiji rep, 1993 Mini Games in Vanuatu and in her late years she was heavily involved in the Suva lawn tennis.

Bibi was an assistant secretary for Fiji Tennis in 2001 and then between 2001 and 2003, she also came on board with the FASANOC’s athlete commission, she was an active athlete at that time.

She also on the FASANOC executive board from 2001 to 2003.

She was also served on the board of the Habitat of humanity for about 15 years.

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