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No Politics – Tikaram

Former Sports administrator Bobby Tikaram believes politics can ruin an operation of a particular sporting organisation. Tikaram was inducted as Fiji Olympic Order recipients alongside Weightlifting Fiji executive Christopher Yee.
08 Dec 2014 11:46
No Politics – Tikaram
Bobby Tikaram (left) and Dennis Miller during the Hall of Fame Induction dinner. Photo: Jona Konataci

Former Sports administrator Bobby Tikaram believes politics can ruin an operation of a particular sporting organisation.

Tikaram was inducted as Fiji Olympic Order recipients alongside Weightlifting Fiji executive Christopher Yee.

Tikaram has devoted more than 30 years of his life to administration of sport at local, district provincial, national and international level. His highly public profile in sport spanning several decades has been an inspiration to sports persons in all walks of life.

Tikaram strongly says current sports administrations should do their work for the love of the sport, no politics.

“They should go for excellence, do everything from your heart purely for the sports, do it with discipline and dedication and no politics,” Tikaram said.

One of his memorable experiences being a sports administrator is when he attended the FIFA congress in Germany in 1974.

“When I went to Germany in 1974 I was invited by former FIFA president João Havelange of Brazil for a cup of tea so we were sitting there and having a conversation and I was telling him how we in Fiji were facing financial difficulties

“His reply to me was if he wins the election he would come to Fiji and assist Fiji with funds and he kept to his promise and he visited Fiji that year. That was how FIFA started giving grants to Fiji Football,” he said.

Tikaram was born in Lami and attended Suva Methodist Boys Primary school before he joined Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School. He started his sporting career at the famous Tikaram Park in Lami.

“When I attended Suva Methodist Boys Primary School this was where I was taught great moral values of the future. This is where they contributed so much for my future the teacher’s teachings were instrumental to me till today,” he added.

A multi –talented sportsman he took up playing tennis in 1964 when he helped form the Nadi Airport Tennis Club. He managed the Fiji Tennis team to the Davis Cup in Jordan and to the Federation Cup in Thailand in 1999.

From 1991 to 2001 he managed four tennis teams to the South Pacific and Mini Games and in 2003 was appointed the tennis competition manager for the South Pacific Games. He was vice- president of the Fiji Lawn Tennis Association prior to his retirement in 2004.

As a youngster Bobby played soccer and captained the MGM school soccer team. In the early 1960s, he moved to Nadi for work and was a founding member of the Nadi Airport soccer club in 1964 playing for the team for a number of years.

He represented the Nadi district but had to give up playing after he broke his collarbone. In 1968 Bobby was elected assistant secretary of the Nadi Association and then served as secretary, manager, technical advisor and later president. He is now the life member of the association.

During his active years of involvement with soccer, Nadi won the IDC in 1969, 1971 and 1974. He was also a board member of the Fiji Football Association having served as assistant secretary and national secretary during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The 71-yearold, who would be turning 72 in January next year, said the award was just the icing on the cake.

“This is an early birthday present for me and I’m very humble with this award, this is for the love of sport and it’s really the icing on the cake,” Tikaram said.

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