SPORTS

Big Support For Bilibili Race

The first ever Bilibili (bamboo raft) Race on the Wainikoro River outside Labasa got under way yesterday. Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya was the
25 Mar 2018 11:00
Big Support For Bilibili Race
Team Police, Rusiate Rokosiga racing to reach the finish line for the solo men bilibili race at Wainikoro River in Nadogo yesterday. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

The first ever Bilibili (bamboo raft) Race on the Wainikoro River outside Labasa got under way yesterday.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya was the chief guest and he said this was a great way to bring everyone together, espe­cially the youths of Nadogo.

“Through this event, we hope to promote adventure tourism in the country and show­case other areas of the country outside of the main tourism hot spots,” he said.

“I’m also glad to see the support of many stakeholders to this event. Through tourism the Fijian Government spreads the tourism dollar through the communities help to de­velop and improve our local livelihoods.”

Koya said he hoped one day to see the race become a big Bilibili Festival where not only the residents of Nadogo would participate in and enjoy, but the whole of Vanua Levu.

A big crowd gathered to watch the races as more than 50 teams participated in the six categories.

The event was organised by the Nadogo Bilibili Association.

Association president Ratu Solomone Catarogo said the race was also to revive the iTaukei traditional way of travelling on the river.

“This has been lost for a long time. This is the first time something like this is happen­ing in Vanua Levu and we hope that this be­comes an annual event.

“Children are more into the Western way of life. This kind of activities will encour­age them to participate and know more about the way our forefathers used to trav­el. They will enjoy it and at the same time learn more about themselves.”

Ratu Solomone is a former Labasa and national football striker. He later turned to boxing and held the country’s welterweight title.

Tui Nadogo Ratu Ilisaniti Malodali said he was grateful to the Association for coming up with the concept.

RESULTS

Single Race Male Winner: Ronnel Chand of Lagalaga & Baga

Single Race Female Winner: Jotivini Picker­ing of Police North team

Double Male Team Winner: Jowala Prasad and Nilesh Prasad of Wainikoro

Double Female Team Winner: Police team Jotivini Pickering & Vatirina

Outstanding Male: Jowala Prasad and Nilesh Prasad of Wainikoro

Outstanding Female: Vatirina of Police North Team

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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