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Better Times Ahead for Volleyball

For Fiji to host the Oceania Volleyball Championship is a milestone in achieving bigger and better things for the sport in the country. That was the message from the Minister
23 Apr 2016 13:26
Better Times Ahead for Volleyball
From left: Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, vice chairman of the Oceania Volleyball Championship organising committee Alivereti Cawanibuka and organising committee chairman Nemani Vuniwaqa at the launch of the 2016 Oceania Volleyball Championship in Suva last night: Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

For Fiji to host the Oceania Volleyball Championship is a milestone in achieving bigger and better things for the sport in the country.

That was the message from the Minister of Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou while launching the Oceania Volleyball Championship at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva last night.

“This is with respect to your overcoming any challenges that may accompany the attempts to have Fiji as a volleyball development centre for the Oceania region, the hosting of the Oceania Beach Volleyball as well as that of the Unider-19 and the Oceania Club Championships,” he said.

Tuitubou said the sport of volleyball is one that is played by the large number of the population in the country.

“People of all ages and abilities can play indoors and outdoors on a beach and that is evident here in Fiji. Like all sports, it encompasses the very same ideas and represents some of the highest human ideals. Fair play is important, there are rules against cheating and everyone strives for his or hest best, unaided by anything but their strength and spirit, to prove how they are the finest athletes in the sport.”

He said the sport was introduced in Fiji in the 1940s during the Second World War by American soldiers whilst on attachment duties and were based in Nadi where the international airport is today.

The sport was initially played in the Western Division especially in Nadi and Lautoka.

“Fast forward 30 years later in 1970 and the Fiji Volleyball Federation was born and as I have alluded to earlier, it is played in all communities, villages and schools around the country.” Today the FVF governs 13 district volleyball associations.

Tuitubou said the Oceania Volleyball Championship will be held again this year after a lapse of six years.

“I’m look forward to an exciting meet come the month of May,” he added.

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