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Fiji wins bid for Interhash Super Meet in 2018

Beats Malaysia and Indonesia to host one of the largest single international sports events to be ever staged here   Fiji has won the right to host an international event
25 May 2016 11:49
Fiji wins bid for Interhash Super Meet in 2018
The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, presenting Fiji’s bid at the Bali Interhash Meet 2016 on May 20 in Bali, Indonesia.

Beats Malaysia and Indonesia to host one of the largest single international sports events to be ever staged here

 

Fiji has won the right to host an international event for diehard runners from around the world – the 21st InterHash Super Meet.

As we prepare to host the event in Nadi in May 2018, we will also be welcoming around 5000 hash harriers from around the world for the 4-6 day event.

This will provide a major boost to our economy as well as our tourism sector.

InterHash is a biennial event and is the peak event for international running club Hash House Harriers from around the world to meet, run, socialise and drink beer.

Team Fiji’s bid is a significant win against experienced and larger representation bids by previous successful InterHash hosts, Medan (Indonesia) and Kuching (Malaysia).

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, was in Bali, Indonesia to campaign with Team Fiji Hash and address the 6000 strong attendees.

“We want to associate our name with Interhash because it is an important, high quality event—and because the fun and spirit around the event it promotes an important message of physical fitness,” he said.

“Cross-country running, of course, is a sport everyone can enjoy for physical fitness—for all ages. The facilities are free, the investment is minimal, and it’s easy to schedule.

“One of the key objectives of the establishment of the hash house harriers was to promote physical fitness amongst members and also encourage older members to be active through running.”

Mr Koya said Interhash provides not just an opportunity for Fiji to host one of the largest events ever– that is, being hosts to over 5000 hash harriers from around the world.

“Let’s be honest: It will create significant economic activity in the country – employment, accommodation, and boost to retail business, to name a few,” he said.

“Our hotels are as elegant and sophisticated as ever, our restaurants are serving exceptional food, our roads are clear and smooth, our beaches still have the whitest sand and the clearest blue water, and our arms are open wide.”

Mr Koya said they want the next Interhash to be a true family affair for each participant.

“Whilst the harriers enjoy their run and a cold drink, their families can enjoy the vast range of activities that Fiji has to offer,” he said.

“In fact, their biggest challenge may be in choosing which activities to enjoy, which sites to visit, which foods to try, which people to meet.”

 

Planning

Fiji InterHash will be head quartered in Nadi and events for the running enthusiasts will include Sabeto Mountains, Nausori Highlands, Abaca, Natadola  and the Coral coast to honour the true adventure seeking spirit of the Hash House Harriers.

The Fiji Hash clubs –Nadi, Lautoka Hospital Hash, Suva and Pacific Harbour, led by Dr Ram Raju will be meeting with all stakeholders to begin planning and co-ordination of one of the largest single international sports events to be ever staged in Fiji.

EDITED:RACHNA LAL

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