Pacific Games | SPORTS

Focus on 2015: Sanday

By ANASILINI RATUVA in Wallis and Futuna Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) will work together with the sporting federations to build up a good team for
13 Sep 2013 09:29
Team Fiji during the closing ceremony of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna yesterday. Photo: ANASILINI RATUVA

Team Fiji during the closing ceremony of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna yesterday. Photo: ANASILINI RATUVA

By ANASILINI RATUVA
in Wallis and Futuna

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) will work together with the sporting federations to build up a good team for 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
FASANOC president Reg Sanday says Fiji’s 4th placing at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna is a wake-up call.
Papua New Guinea won the 2013 Pacific Mini Games bagging 30 gold, 26 silver and 31 bronze medals
Defending champions Fiji collected 13 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals.
“We have a young side and we’re going to work with coaches to draw up a proper strength and conditioning programme for these young athletes,” Sanday said.
“We’ve enough time to prepare.”
Tahiti was second with 26 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals. New Caledonia was third with 21 gold 13 silver and nine bronze.
The eight-day competition ended yesterday with traditional dances and merry making to conclude the event.
PNG on track
PNG last won the Pacific Mini Games in 1985 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and coming back and winning after lapse of 28 years just made them proud.
Chef de mission Richard Kassman said they knew that they were going to win the tournament.
“Our focus is to prepare well for the 2015 Pacific Games which we will be hosting and we have brought in the largest contingent to the Mini Games,” Kassam said.
“Before we departed for PNG we knew that we were going to win the Mini Games , we knew the challenge was coming from Tahiti and New Caledonia but we believed in our athletes and we trusted them.”
Just like team Fiji, PNG featured a very strong young and development side which will prepare for 2015.
“Most of our athletes are here for the first time and did well.”
The next 2017 Pacific Mini Games will be held in Vanuatu.

Fijisun E-edition
Advertise with fijisun
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: