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Rodan: Live Up To The Olympic Motto

  International events are a way of not only developing athletes but also officials, coaches and administrators in order to lift athletics to new heights. These were the words of
07 Jul 2016 14:29
Rodan: Live Up To The Olympic Motto
Team Fiji during the opening of Melanesian Athletics Championship at ANZ Stadium today. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

International events are a way of not only developing athletes but also officials, coaches and administrators in order to lift athletics to new heights.

These were the words of Fiji Athletics president Joe Rodan Snr while delivering the opening speech at the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

“It has been 13 years since we last hosted an international meet in this stadium which was back in 2003 during the South Pacific Games,” Rodan said.

“The Melanesian Athletics Championship is the revival games after a stint of around seven years plus and we feel that it is only fitting that it is happening this year, the year of the Olympics.

“Our role is simple, which is to open avenues and pathways as much as possible through the staging of such competitions as this. This allows our sporting people, athletes, officials and administrators to develop and become more confident and take the lead in transforming their careers. “This championship has been the outcome of over 18 months of rebuilding by Athletics Fiji and setting in place building blocks to position ourselves to be able to host the biggest regional athletics meet ever in this region.”

The 700 plus athletes from 13 countries will use the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship not only as a preparation for upcoming international meets but to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August.

“Many of you are here to attempt a final chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics; in that regard we wish you every success,” he said.

“In saying that, I would like to share the Olympic motto which is Citius – Altius- Fortius. These words mean Faster- Higher- Stronger.

“Our focus as sporting leaders, in our own right is to live up to this motto in assisting and supporting our athletes, coaches and sporting people to develop in their own right accordingly in terms of development, growth and transformation into the future. It takes many hours and sleepless nights, sacrifices and determination from all those involved to ensure that you will be able to enjoy great competition over the next few days.”

The competition starts today.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua.

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