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PM: New Facilities To Boost Sports, Economy

Last night’s opening of the refurbished Fiji Sports Council head office and re-opening of the FMF Gymnasium is a big day for athletes in the country. That was the remarks
28 Jan 2018 11:04
PM: New Facilities To Boost Sports, Economy
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama(right) with Fiji National Sports Commission Chairman Peter Mazey at the opening of the refurbished Fiji Sports Council Head Office & re-opening of FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva on January 27, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Last night’s opening of the refurbished Fiji Sports Council head office and re-opening of the FMF Gymnasium is a big day for athletes in the country.

That was the remarks of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, indicating that we are a nation blessed with incredibly talented and dedicated athletes.

He said the Fiji Sports Council headquar­ters represents a $4 million investment in a modern and professional multi-purpose sports administration complex.

“Government has made just over a million dollar contribution to the construction of this complex, with the remaining amount sourced by FSC themselves,” Bainimarama said.

“The location of this new headquarters could not be more fitting. As some of you may remember- at least those old enough- this used to be Suva’s first major indoor sporting facility, build back in 1979. And now its home to the FSC, and from this new HQ they will look after the entire network of sporting facilities we have here in the coun­try, and support Government’s ambitious agenda of developing sport in Fiji.”

The Prime Minister said this is only the be­ginning.

“As time goes on this complex will continue to grow, and become Fiji and the Pacific’s largest fully integrated sports centre- a one stop shop for sporting events, with world class accommodation facilities so we can support bigger and better sporting competi­tions in Fiji in the years ahead.”

ECONOMY

Bainimarama said Government knows how to grow economy, in which they have done for the past eight years straight.

“Government knows how to create jobs, as unemployment in Fiji stands at the lowest rate in 30 years.

“And we know how to make sports tourism works for Fiji, whether it be the Fiji Interna­tional or the Super Rugby. We are realising our great potential as a premier destination for sport and we are putting Fiji on the map for sports fans around the world.

“Later this year, we will be hosting the Pan- Pacific Swimming Championship, then in 2019 we will host the IWF World Junior Weightlifting Championship and in 2021, the INF World Under-20 Netball Cup. Bringing us even more opportunities to solidify our reputation as a sporting destination.”

Bainiarama said when they find new ways to spur the economy, they can bring more de­velopment for the benefit of the people.

“All across Fiji, our economy success has enabled us to invest in gyms, parks and sporting facilities for our people as well. Giv­ing more Fijians more opportunity to get moving, get healthy and take positive steps towards living healthier lifestyles.”

FOR ALL FIJIANS

Bainimarama in a special message remind­ed women, young people, elderly and those living with disabilities that they are all enti­tled to use these athletic spaces.

“All of Fiji’s sporting facilities including the new National Gymnasium belong to you as much as anyone, and you should use them to keep yourselves healthy and active.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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