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PM: We Can Do It

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says golf in the country has come a very long way. In saying this, Bainimarama added that those who had been with the Fiji International for
05 Oct 2016 11:10
PM: We Can Do It
PGA Australia CEO Brian Thorburn, US based golfer Vijay Singh, Miss Fiji World Pooja Priyanka, and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the Fijian International dinner at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says golf in the country has come a very long way.

In saying this, Bainimarama added that those who had been with the Fiji International for the past three years can testify for this.

While officiating at the opening of the 2016 Fiji International Golf at the InterContinental Fiji Golf and Resort Spa at Natadola last night, he said: “Our partnership with PGA Australia has done wonders in getting more Fijians interested in the game, and in preparing our tourism industry to better cater for casual and professional golfing competition.

“I know that some of our competitors are here with their families and that is wonderful to see. We are a world famous destination, so I am glad that in the midst of the demanding international circuit you have found some time to enjoy the Fijian experience with your loved ones.”

The year’s Fiji International has gone to a new level through its partnership with the European Tour.

“This tournament will broadcast to 450 million homes located on every continent. It will reach many people, in different countries, who may have not heard of Fiji.”

Bainimarama also commended Fijian international golfer Vijay Singh and said with him all have seen that a country of such size can make out-sized contributions to the game of golf.

“It would be a shame for the other talents to go unrecognised, so I am proud of the work we are doing and look forward to making golf even popular among our young people.”

The Prime Minister also spoke of the students who are participating in the junior golf clinics.

“We have offered free golf lessons in our capital, conducted “Give Golf a Go” road shows throughout the country and for this tournament, we have certified 45 Fijians from Sanasana village as caddies who are available for our competitors,” Bainimarama said.

“We in Fiji are a people with very strong love for sport and competition, and while we are, undoubtedly, a haven for rugby, we are very keen to also become a world-class golfing destination.”

He added that it only took one look at the beautiful course at Natadola to ensure that Fiji can be a major draw for golfers from all over the  world.

“And given the talent that we have gathered here today, I would say that we are well on our way to realising Fiji’s potential,” Bainimarama added.



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