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Bula Tora Dies

Former Fijian basketball and athletics rep Iliesa Bula Tora died on Tuesday. Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Joseph Rodan (Senior) played alongside Tora in basketball
31 Mar 2017 10:30
Bula Tora Dies
From left:Usaia Saututu,Samu Bulai,Bula Tora,Sakaraia Tuva during the 1975 Pacific Games in Guam.

Former Fijian basketball and athletics rep Iliesa Bula Tora died on Tuesday.

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Joseph Rodan (Senior) played alongside Tora in basketball and looked up to him when he joined athletics.

“I remember him as a great triple jumper and he was one of the best in the event and was also a good basketball player,” Rodan said.

“We used to play together for the Everest club and at that time it was the top basketball club made up of a lot of Raiwaqa players and dockworkers.

“He was really a gentleman, a nice guy to know and very respectable but hardworking and he was always full of fun.

“He was a good training partner and he kept things exciting and always motivated whoever he was training with.

“When I started athletics he was one of the seniors, and I learnt so much from him as well.

“In basketball he was known for his long shots and in triple jump he had the perfect technique. I think he was one of the first Fijian athletes that went over 15 metres in triple jump.

“This is a big loss for sports in Fiji because he was one guy that really loved sports.”

Tora was an all-rounder when it came to sports as he also did decathlon.  Athletics Fiji’s technical advisor Albert Miller said it was a sad day for athletics.

“I know Tora was a really good athlete and very multi-skilled which is something that is rare nowadays,” Miller said.

“He was very nice and very accommodating and easy to talk to. I remember when I met him he would always encourage and motivate us to do our best.

“I mostly watched him when he played basketball and I think it is a great loss to the sporting community.

“It is also a shame that young athletes today never got a chance to meet him because I know if they did, they would not forget who he is or what he would have taught them.”

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