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Fiji Men’s hockey given until January 7 to confirm their participation in the World Hockey League Series Round 2 in Singapore. Fiji hockey head coach Hector Smith Snr made the
19 Dec 2014 12:08
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Fiji Men’s hockey given until January 7 to confirm their participation in the World Hockey League Series Round 2 in Singapore.

Fiji hockey head coach Hector Smith Snr made the confirmation after the national men’s side faced the reality of dropping out of the competition because of financial constraints.

“Finances are primary the problem,” Smith said.

“It is something we have already sat down and discussed with the coaches and management.

He said te sport had always been plagued by financial constraints for years, especially when preparaing for international tournaments abroad.

“We were always aware, even leading up to the Oceania Pacific Cup and World Hockey League Series Round One, that finances would be a problem, “ Smith said.

“We have until January 7 to confirm our participation for Singapore so we’ve been looking at the different avenues.

“We’ve approached a few people and now all we can do is wait for their response.

“But if there were some ‘Good Samaritans’ out there who would like to lend us a helping hand we would greatly appreciate it.”

Smith also explained the reasons the Fiji women’s hockey team had decided to pull out of the World Hockey League Series Round Two in India.

“That decision was made by Fiji Hockey after sitting down and having a full meeting with the coaches and management to discuss everything and we came to the decision to pull out the women’s team.

“There are a lot of development players in the squad and we appreciate that they started very well wining the qualification spot but it was going to be a very big step for them to go to the World League and adding to that the financial constraints we decided it was best to pull out.

“Another thing that we have to keep in mind is the availability of our players. These players already took time off to play in Round One and to take time off again for the Pacific Games next year and the Oceania Cup later in the year is a lot.

“They know how hard it was stretching ourselves the last time to get funding and training at the same time.

“The main thing is that both teams got to compete in Round One and both managed to hold their own against Australia and New Zealand and proved that we are the number one sides in the Pacific.”

Smith confirmed the show would go on despite the current situation, with both sides looking towards Pacific Games preparations and the calendar beyond.

Fiji won the men’s and women’s qualifications spots for Round Two after defeating Papua New Guinea in both finals at the recently completed 2014 World Hockey League Series Round One in Suva.

The 2015 World Hockey League Series Round Two men’s division will run from January 17 – 25 in Singapore while the women’s division will run from March 7 – 15 in New Delhi, India.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj


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