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Praise For Basketball Fiji

The official logo for the 2014 FIBA/Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships was launched by the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisiasa Tuitubou at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday. Tuitubou took
18 Oct 2014 09:19
Praise For Basketball Fiji
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou (left), congratulates Alexander Peckham on winning the Official Logo Design for the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under 19 Basketball Championships. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The official logo for the 2014 FIBA/Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships was launched by the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisiasa Tuitubou at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

Tuitubou took the time to acknowledge Basketball Fiji for winning hosting rights for the regional event in December.

“I must commend Basketball Fiji for their hard work in securing the tights to host this tournament,” Tuitubou said.

“This is a great achievement for our country. The Government recognises the hard work and persistence of all those involved in these federations and sporting bodies to market and bid for Fiji’s right to host such major events. I acknowledge their dedication and civic pride.”

Tuitubou highlighted the importance of sports in nation-building and the endless benefits of hosting international sporting meets.

“Sports development is one of the key platforms that are considered pivotal in our efforts to lay a solid foundation for our young people,”he said.

“In this respect, the Fijian Government welcomes the hosting of the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships in Suva.

“Gatherings like the one to be held in December often go well beyond one’s expectations as many people eventually create a livelihood from sports.”

Tuitubou revealed that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had confirmed a major boost for the games venue in addition to the assistance provided by the Fiji National Sports Commission.

“The Prime Minister  Voreqe Bainimarama will be the chief guest at the December tourney and his office has kindly offered $159,477 for the upgrade of the current venue to international standard.

“I must highlight that the Commission kindly donated $225,000 for hosting this tournament plus an extra $208,000 for purchase of modern equipment including new baskets, timers and many others.

“This assistance shows the Government’s commitment to developing sports and players alike. We believe the arrival of the players from around the region will indeed boost economic activities in the capital for the duration of the tournament.”

Meanwhile, 20-year old University of the South Pacific student Alexander Peckham was extremely honoured to have his design chosen to be the official logo for the championships.

“I found out that there was a logo competition and I’m a huge fan of the sport so I figured I could just give it a shot and sent in an entry. I was surprised when they called to inform me that my design had been chosen.

“It’s an honour to have my design feature for this regional meet and a huge achievement for me. I decided to incorporate Fijian culture into the logo because we’re hosting and did a bit of research on Masi designs and motifs and drew inspiration from there.”

The 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships will be held from December 1-6 at the Vodafone Arena.

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