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ANALYSIS: Sports Don’t Need Spoilsport

Levuka Weightlifting Club should toe the line, follow the rules of the game for the sake of their members like Eileen Cikamatana Sometimes sports administrators are a spoilsport. This is
26 Oct 2018 11:00
ANALYSIS: Sports Don’t Need Spoilsport
Eileen Cikamatana

Levuka Weightlifting Club should toe the line, follow the rules of the game for the sake of their members like Eileen Cikamatana

Sometimes sports administrators are a spoilsport.

This is simply be­cause they want to be bigger than the sport itself.

At times they want to be the centre of focus taking away the spotlight from the athletes who they should be helping and administer to excel.

At times they opt to operate in isolation under the ‘laws of the jungle’ deviating from protocol and abiding by the rules of the game which all human beings do.

In the end the athletes suffer and ended their career ear­ly simply because they have been misguided by the very people who they trust to run the show for them.

It’s time those running the Levuka Weightlifting Club see sense for the sake of their members.

Instead of not recognising Weightlifting Fiji as the operating authority in the country, they should do the right thing and think of the future of their athletes like Commonwealth Games gold medalist Eileen Cikama­tana, bronze medallist Apolonia Vaivai and the young generation of lifters training regularly at Baba, Levuka, Ovalau.

Despite the efforts of Weightlifting Fiji and the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Commit­tee (FASANOC) to make them see the light and get them back on track, the Levuka Weightlifting Club continues to push their case for recognition knowing full well that they can’t operate alone.

Now Levuka Weightlifting wants to separate complete­ly from Weightlifting Fiji and establish a new organisa­tion to be called the Fiji Weightlifting Association.

The new organisation will hold its first competition on November 17 in Levuka.

This is indeed a wasteful exercise as they continue to offer no future for their members.

The rule is indeed simple on how sporting bodies oper­ate in Fiji.

Like, rugby, rugby league, cricket, football, netball, bowling, badminton etc, there is only one controlling au­thority running the show and recognised by FASANOC.

FASANOC president Joe Rodan Senior said; “Rules are simple and are there to be followed. We can’t have two, just one controlling body and in this case it’s Weightlift­ing Fiji, period.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognis­es International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) which in turns recognises Weightlifting Fiji which comes un­der FASANOC. That’s how the system works and there is no other way.

We won our first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games due to FASANOC and Fiji Rugby Union working in tandem.

Likewise Cikamatana won gold at the Commonwealth Games through Weightlifting Fiji.

This is not the first time this has happened in Fiji where disgruntled officials formed rebel groups in football and boxing.

They never lasted almost dying instant deaths because they never got the support here and abroad.

We all want our lifters in Levuka to build towards a good future.

Those running the show should take charge otherwise they will continue to be isolated.

Forming a new association is not the answer and defi­nitely not the way forward.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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