SPORTS

Delana Backs Sports Development

  The Ministry of Youth and Sports is focusing on making sports more inclusiveness regardless of gender, ethnicity and physical ability. This was indicated by the Assistant Minister for Youth
19 Dec 2017 10:00
Delana Backs Sports Development
Boxer Asena Dakua and her Manager Paula Kubu in black tshirts with her brothers at Labasa town, yesterday. PHOTO: NACANIELI TUILEVUKA

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports is focusing on making sports more inclusiveness regardless of gender, ethnicity and physical ability.

This was indicated by the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana while in Labasa during the weekend.

Delana said the ministry is committed to assist in the development of all sports through their national sporting federations.

“The Government through the ministry is developing sporting facilities in rural and urban areas as well.

“This is for students, youths and individuals who have interests in sporting activities for it provides a better pathway for their future.

“We’re committed in assisting the developments of all sports through our national sporting organisations. Our focus is to make each sport more inclusive regardless of gender, ethnicity and physical ability.”

He said sports instil valuable qualities of characters to those who undertake it such as discipline and self control. Delana said sports have become a national passion and increasingly are also becoming commercial assets.

”It teaches us about triumph but also about learning to be resilient while keeping our body relaxed and mind free of tension.

“It provides us with mental and physical toughness by shaping our bodies, minds and removing tiredness and also improves blood circulation all through the body.”

He also acknowledged stakeholders for helping revive boxing at the Northern Division.

“Promoters are trying to revive boxing at the Northern division which is being led by the Boxing Commission of Fiji.  I ask you to support the commission as they work with stakeholders to ensure quality and safe boxing bouts to take place around the country,” Delana added.

 

WOMEN BOXING

Boxer Anaseini Dakua has called on women in Vanua Levu to take up the sport.

Dakua is one of the country’s top middleweight women boxer who fought and drew against veteran Visila Kolitapa at Subrail Park, Labasa last Saturday night.

“Many say that boxing is only meant for men, which is not true,” the 18-year-old Navosa lass said.

“Women can also box. I’ve passion for the sport and at the same time it’s a form of self defence. There is a need for more women in this sport as this is a good form of protection from any abuse or violence they are confronted with.”

Dakua is the daughter of former Fijian light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Sakiasi ‘The Bomb’ Dakua.  Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj

 



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