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Team Fiji prepares for clean-a-thon

Team Fiji is organising for the first time a cleanup campaign for athletes as they prepare for the 2018 Common­wealth Games which will be held at the Gold Coast on
21 Feb 2018 11:00
Team Fiji prepares for clean-a-thon
Sitiveni Tawakevou

Team Fiji is organising for the first time a cleanup campaign for athletes as they prepare for the 2018 Common­wealth Games which will be held at the Gold Coast on April 4-15.

Media Liaison officer Sitiveni Tawakevou said they would be doing a cleanup campaign from Lami town to Pacific Harbour.

“This is the first time for Team Fiji to organ­ise the cleanup campaign of this magnitude from Lami to Navua and then to Pacific Har­bour, we crossing three boundaries,” Tawak­evou said.

“This will serve as final fundraiser for the Commonwealth Games the cleanup cam­paign will culminate at Uprising Beach Re­sort where we will have lunch and do rubbish analysis.”

“It’s not only the campaign to raise funds but advocate to communities about waste management,” he said.

Team Fiji is expected to take 144 athletes, of­ficials and support staff and will be made up of 45 male and 53 female athletes and 25 male and 10 female officials participating in the 12 sports which includes athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis and weightlifting.

Beach Volleyball will be making its debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after both the men’s team of Elliot Qilo and Inia Ko­rowaqa and women’s team of Iliseva Ratudi­na and Laite Nima qualified during the 2017 Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Vanuatu.

Weightlifting will also be sending its largest contingent after eight lifters qualified during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

Weightlifter and Commonwealth Junior Champion Eileen Cikamatana and Olympian Apolonia Vaivai are both ranked number one in the Commonwealth in their respective weight categories.

The team is expected to leave on March 3 and to return on April 16.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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