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Team Fiji Grateful For Help

The Fijian National Sports Commission provided $1.124 million towards Team Fiji preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. Team Fiji deputy chef de mis­sion Christopher Yee
29 Mar 2018 11:00
Team Fiji Grateful For Help
Team Fiji deputy chef de mission Christopher Yee, left, receives the cheque from Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey during a press conference at the FASANOC office in Suva on March 28, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The Fijian National Sports Commission provided $1.124 million towards Team Fiji preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Team Fiji deputy chef de mis­sion Christopher Yee said the as­sistance allow the teams to pre­pare towards the 12 sports Fiji will participate in.

“Team Fiji is grateful to the Commission and the Government for the assistance which funded training and competition over­seas for many of the participating sports,” Yee said.

“Athletics, beach volleyball, box­ing, netball, swimming, table ten­nis and weightlifting were able to take advantage of the funding.

It allows them to attend train­ing and competition overseas,” he said.

Yee said Fiji has participated in 15 Commonwealth Games and had missed out on three due to suspen­sion.

“The swimming teams are cur­rently training in Australia and have joined Chef de Mission Pat­rick Bower at the Games Village in Gold Coast,” Yee said.

“Table tennis competed at the Pacific Nations Cup and Australia Open Championship bringing home medals while weightlifting has few athletes training in New Caledonia.

“Team Fiji shooters Glenn Ka­ble and Swee Phua are attending the Australia and World and DTL Championship in Australia,” he said.

He said the men and women 7s team are currently in camp.

“The Fijiana team are currently in camp at Pacific Theological College (PTC) in Nasese and the men at Uprising Resort, Pacific Harbour,” he said.

“They leave for Hong Kong today for the World Sevens Series,” he said.

Team Fiji will be sending its larg­est ever contingent to the Com­monwealth Games in Australia tomorrow with 132 athletes and officials participating in 12 sports.

Fiji will participate in weightlift­ing, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, lawn bowls, netball, shoot­ing, swimming, athletics, shoot­ing, squash and rugby 7s.

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Fiji made its first appearance in at the 1938 British Empire Games which later became the Common­wealth Games. After making a surprise debut at the 1938 Empire Games in London, Fiji returned in 1950 to win one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Missing out in the 1990 Games Fiji contin­ues to provide tough competitions and proudly lifted silver in the in­augural Rugby 7s in 1998, 2002 and bronze in Melbourne in 2006.

Edited by Osea Bola

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