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FBC Deal Lifts Volleyball

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has been sponsoring the Suva Volleyball team for eight years. Suva Volleyball Association vice-president Iliesa Raketekete thanked FBC for their support throughout the years. “We all remember
29 Jan 2015 10:02
FBC Deal Lifts Volleyball

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has been sponsoring the Suva Volleyball team for eight years.

Suva Volleyball Association vice-president Iliesa Raketekete thanked FBC for their support throughout the years.

“We all remember that this relationship between FBC and the association was forged at a time when the sport in the Capital City was desperately looking for corporate support,” he said.

“Since that undertaking, Suva have not only become the champion association in Fiji, but by far the biggest pitting the biggest number of clubs.

“I cannot impress enough on the fact that FBC has been the biggest contributor for this sport, which has the biggest participation base in the country. Many corporate organisations have come and gone, but FBC has stuck true to its word from day one when we first signed a similar deal way back in 2008.”

He pointed out that their players had dominated 70 to 80 per cent of all national teams that left Fiji for national duties.

FBC chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed- Khaiyum said the company was glad to sponsor the FBC Suva Volleyball teams again this year.

“I’m just glad to be part of this volleyball again, we have been supporting them from a number of years now and we continue to do the same,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Suva volleyball has grown from strength to strength. They are really developing, there are also many teams participating.

“A supporting nation is a healthy nation and that is one of the reasons we support sports especially minor sports. There is a lot of interest especially from major companies for things like soccer and rugby, but there is hardly any support for volleyball.”

He also indicated that FBC is willing to support anything that can unite the people of Fiji.

Raketekete said the sport was yet to make an impact on the international scene, but he believed this was an undertaking that would not come to fruition overnight.

“But it’s one which will be determined by how well we run our domestic competitions,” he added.

SVA will be fielding four men’s teams and three women’s teams. In the men’s they will be known as 2Day FM, Bula FM, Gold FM and Radio Mirchi. The 2Day Men’s team are the defending the men’s title.

The women’s teams are defending champions FBC TV Black, FBC TV White and FBC TV Blue.

Raketekete stressed the FBC Suva teams are ready to represent and defend their titles again.

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