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  Four new initiatives have been introduced in the 2017/2018 National Budget for the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The $23.1 million allocated is a $6.7 million increase from last
01 Jul 2017 11:00
Boxing, Person With Disability Benefits

 

Four new initiatives have been introduced in the 2017/2018 National Budget for the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The $23.1 million allocated is a $6.7 million increase from last year.

The new initiatives will be aimed towards youth development, helping persons with disabilities and engaging them into more sports and reviving boxing in the country.

 

New Initiatives

 $194,680 – Engagement of 20 district youth workers. The youth workers will work directly with communities at the district level to assess the areas for youth development and network, training and monitoring of youth programmes at grass root levels.

 $120,000 – Sports grants for persons living with disabilities to increase physical activity and encourage greater participation in national sports activities.

 $80,000 – To support the operations of the Boxing Commission of Fiji to revive the sport.

 $10,000 – Fijian National Sports Commission to carry out an assessment on improving the administration of national sporting organisations in order to strengthen governance and improve its potential to attract corporate sponsorship.

Following the new initiatives, Government will continue with their ongoing support in developing sports and improving sporting infrastructures.

 $900,000 – To the Fijian National Sports Commission to support and assist in the development of sports Fiji.

 Engagement of international coaches – The engagement of international coaches to foster the development and participation of Fijians at the international level.

Through this initiative, more Fijians are being exposed to a higher level of professional coaching, thereby improving the participation of athletes at international competitions.

This programme has already contributed towards winning Fiji’s first-ever Olympic Gold medal during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil ($1,510,000).

 Overseas sports tournaments: Some key events include the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, National Rugby Cup in Australia and the Pacific Mini Games in PNG ($4,628,230).

 Hosting International Tournaments: Fiji will host a number of international tournaments in the upcoming budget cycle, including the Oceania Men’s and Women’s 7s tournament, 2017 World Cadet Challenge (Table Tennis), Junior Pan Pacific Games (Swimming), Fijian National Regional Games (Special Olympics) and Fiji Rugby 15s international matches ($2,928,000).

 Short-Term Experts: Caters for the engagement of local and international experts to assist with the development of minor sports in the country ($307,875).

 Sports Outreach Programme: Funds a week long sports development programme in rural communities to hone basic skills in a range of sports and identify clear career pathways for young people ($250,000).

 Sports Scholarships: Supports the development of elite athletes by providing sports scholarships for promising athletes ($221,000).

 National Anti-Doping Organisation: The operation of the National Anti-Doping Organisation to test and conduct anti-doping education and awareness nationwide ($90,000).

 Rural Sports Field: Develops sporting fields in rural schools to provide more opportunities to develop rural sporting talents ($500,000).

 Rural Sports Complex: funds the construction of the rural sporting complexes in Kadavu and Gau in line with Government’s long-term plan to establish modern sporting facilities around the country to provide all athletes with the opportunity to further develop their skills in a wide range of sports ($2,085,120).

There is a further $12.55 million allocated under the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the Fiji International Golf tournament and Super Rugby event.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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