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Be In to Compete: Yavala

Sports scientist Samuela Yavala is urging athletes to treat the 2018 Commonwealth Games as the competition. The former Pacific sprinter wants national sporting federations not to use the four-yearly event
30 Mar 2018 11:00
Be In to Compete: Yavala
Fiji Airways 7's reps with fans at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Sports scientist Samuela Yavala is urging athletes to treat the 2018 Commonwealth Games as the competition.

The former Pacific sprinter wants national sporting federations not to use the four-yearly event as development competition for their athletes.

He said despite the majority of the athletes are young, they should look at the competition from a professional perspective.

“The trouble now is some sporting federa­tions are using the Commonwealth Games to develop their athletes but that is wrong,” Yavala said.

“The Commonwealth Games is the competi­tion and not a development competition.

“When teams go into the competition they should be prepared physically, mentally and spiritually.

“They have been picked as the best to com­pete with the best.”

The Ra native hopes the young athletes have gone through some vigorous training.

“Otherwise it’s just like putting them into the lions’ den and telling them to survive.

“Most people don’t have the experience, so they need to build up their experience on the field,” Yavala said.

“Building their experience is building their confidence.

“Athletes should listen to their coaches. They should sleep on time and not waking up the next morning looking sluggish.

“Their diet needs to be monitored in this kind of competition.”

Team Fiji depart today for Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

Yavala first represented Fiji in athletics at the 1969 South Pacific Games at 21 years of age when he won a gold and a silver medal.

He last represented Fiji at the 1979 SPG in Suva where he won 2 gold medals and was the Pacific’s fastest man by winning the 100m fi­nal.

Edited by Osea Bola

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