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Olympic Order For Yavala

Iconic athlete Samuela Yavala will be honoured by the Fiji Association of Sports Associations and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) as their inductee for the 2014 Fiji Olympic Order. FASANOC chief
04 Nov 2014 10:35
Olympic Order For Yavala

Iconic athlete Samuela Yavala will be honoured by the Fiji Association of Sports Associations and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) as their inductee for the 2014 Fiji Olympic Order.

FASANOC chief executive officer Lorraine Mar made the announcement at Fiji Olympic House in Suva yesterday.

Mar said FASANOC was proud to induct such a talent like Yavala with his extensive years of knowledge and experience.

“For the 2015 Pacific Games, we want to promote people like Mr. Yavala as role models,” she said.

“So we have athletes look up to him. He has contributed to athletics and as a coach he has contributed to the development of athletes as well as people who work with athletes in his role when he was at Fiji National University.”

Yavala, a sports scientist expressed his sincere gratitude to FASANOC for enabling him to travel worldwide and expand his career.

“I’m honoured to be inducted into the hall of fame. During our time, athletics was just for fun. Sports participation then was only for fun. We loved participating with our friends. I didn’t realise that there were people looking, recognising what we were doing and allowing us an opportunity to come through.

Yavala made his debut for Fiji in athletics at the 1969 South Pacific Games and throughout his career set the national and regional 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres records.

He will be officially inducted during the 2014 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order dinner on November 21 at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 



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