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Heed the Call, Get to Work Now

Sports federations should heed the call made yesterday by Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou. During Team Fiji’s thanksgiving assembly, Mr Tuitubou stressed the importance and the need to
26 Jul 2015 12:02
Heed the Call, Get to Work  Now
The Pacific Games gold medalist hockey team at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday. Photo: Rama

Sports federations should heed the call made yesterday by Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou.
During Team Fiji’s thanksgiving assembly, Mr Tuitubou stressed the importance and the need to prepare and plan now for future overseas tournaments.
He made special reference to the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga after Team Fiji fell far short off the mark at the recent 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
Team Fiji won 33 of the projected 80 gold medal targetted.
As Mr Tuitubou said: “If we are to improve our outing as Team Fiji in 2019 and if we want to be the Pacific’s leading sporting nation, the work needs to start now.
“There is a need to analyse our shortfalls and identify the areas that need immediate attention in order to propel our representative sporting teams to greater heights.”
Team Fiji’s performance will continue to take a dive unless proper action is taken.
It’s Government role to assist in providing funding and the onus is on sports to give something back in return.
With the current trend, Team Fiji will continue to be a financial burden to the taxpayers and supporters of sports in the country.
Comparatively in the past four Games from 2003-2015 Fiji is sinking and getting worse and worse despite the sending of elite athletes and funding by Fiji National Sports Commission for overseas training and competitions.
Questions which need to be asked are:
n Are sporting federations staging enough competitions throughout the year to gauge standards?
n Are they bringing overseas athletes/coaches to raise the level of competition to attain Oceania/ International recognition?
n Are the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports monitoring our sporting federations and giving enough support so that elite athletes perform as expected?
n Are the officials of each sporting federations doing justice in the administration of their sports or is it time now to engage consultants to successfully market their sports?
There are so many other factors that need to be analysed before Team Fiji finalises its team to the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga.
We had high hopes of winning gold in rugby league, golf and volleyball and officials are trying to find out as to what went wrong.
Karate, bowling, hockey and boxing did us proud. And let’s hope they continue to get stronger in the next four years.
Sporting federations should heed the call by Mr Tuitubou and plan well in advance.
We need the right people to ‘steer the ship; whether its administrators, athletes or officials.
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