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Fall wants more competition

National athletics rep Mustafa Fall wants more people to partici­pate in shot put so that it could become competitive. Fall made the comment after he unofficially broke the na­tional record
18 Feb 2018 11:00
Fall wants more competition
Marist Brothers High School senior athlete Mustafa Fall (second from right), receives his Best Male Athlete Award from the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar at the the ANZ Stadium, Suva, Photo: Rama

National athletics rep Mustafa Fall wants more people to partici­pate in shot put so that it could become competitive.

Fall made the comment after he unofficially broke the na­tional record during the Shop N Save Athletics Fiji Grand Prix Series second round of competi­tion at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

He threw 15.82metres to beat the national record of 15.74m.

Athletics Fiji chief develop­ment officer Joe Rodan Jnr said they are going to verify the re­sult before giving an official statement.

Fall told SUNsports that there is hardly any competition for him locally.

“It is my aim to always try to do better and break my own re­cord,” he said.

“To be honest there is not much athletes here who partici­pate in shot put so there is not much competition. Though it is good that I get to participate internationally, we still need more people to get involved in the sport.

“We are not all the same, we all have different interests, if I can represent Fiji so can anyone.”

Fall added that shot put should be promoted right to the grass­roots.

“Schools should be the place where we can build up the ath­letes. With proper training, good techniques and expert coaches at that level, more up­coming athletes can really do well in this sport,” he added.

BUILD UP

Rodan said these competitions would prepare athletes for in­ternational competitions.

“School teams need to make use of this opportunity and use it as a build- up for their athlet­ics career. “Hiding the athletes is a thing of the past but by exposing them to this type of competition they will be able to learn from qualified coaches. Once they enter into the Coca-Cola Games we would have al­ready know what they are capa­ble of.”

Rodan said the competition has exposed a lot of young ath­letes who are very much inter­ested in furthering their sport­ing career.

“Competition has increased over the years, so it’s best for these athletes to monitor their progress and even the slightest technical change can make a difference.”

Rodan said best outstanding performance came from Aaron Powell in the open men’s 100m race with a time of 10.3sec, Samu Railoa in the 400m with 48.4 sec and Fall with his un­official throw of 15.82, Eleina Young in the women’s 200m and Eugene Volmer in the triple jump event.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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