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Cyclone Forces Cancellation Of Tiliva 7s

  The extensive damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Keni on the island of Kadavu earlier this week has led to the cancellation of the 2018 Tiliva Sevens tournament. This was
14 Apr 2018 10:10
Cyclone Forces Cancellation Of Tiliva 7s
Vodafone Tiliva 7s defending champions Uro Kadavu. Photo: Grace Narayan

 

The extensive damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Keni on the island of Kadavu earlier this week has led to the cancellation of the 2018 Tiliva Sevens tournament.

This was confirmed yesterday by tournament spokesperson Epeli Vakatawa.

He said all activities related to the official programme which was scheduled to take place on April 26-27 at the Tiliva District School ground have been cancelled.

Vakatawa added they have received an official report of the damages in Kadavu and the host village of Tiliva was amongst those villages which were badly affected.

“The seven’s organising committee in Suva as well as the village committee and Tiliva District School committee have unanimously decided to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament.

“It is untimely but beyond our control as the tropical cyclone was unpredicted.

“The tournament host village of Tiliva was battered just as many other surrounding villages and we feel the need to re-direct our resources accordingly as there is a dire need at stake.”

Vakatawa further added the primary concern at the moment was the clean-up all teams that have paid their deposits will be refunded accordingly.

“Our primary concern at the moment is the recovery as the welfare and safety of village’s is paramount.”

Vakatawa said for next year’s edition of the tournament, all stakeholders will make an assessment and decide accordingly.

“Should the event go in 2019, we look forward to the usual support in “supporting island rugby at its best”.”

Edited by  Leone  Cabenatabua

 

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