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Rodan Pleads For Pacific Support In Monaco

Jo Rodan Junior will plead for more funding for High Performance Centres in Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga or Samoa from the athletics world governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations
02 Dec 2018 12:31
Rodan Pleads For Pacific Support In Monaco
Team Fiji athletics trials at the ANZ Stadium, Suva Photo: Grace Narayan

Jo Rodan Junior will plead for more funding for High Performance Centres in Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga or Samoa from the athletics world governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Athletics Fiji executive member/chief development officer will also push for a chance to host 2 or 3 Pacific Grand Prix with the participation of athletes from Australia, United States, New Zealand, Germany and Jamaica.

Rodan Junior is attending the week-long IAAF Strategic Communications Commission meeting and annual awards which starts today in Monaco.

He was one of eight successful applicants out of all the member countries selected to serve on the Commission when it was setup in 2016, the only Pacific Islander.

Rodan Junior said having high performance centres will be closer for our athletes to travel to and base themselves.

“We need to be hosting at least 2 or 3 Pacific Grand Prix by countries that have track and field facilities,”he said.

“And in doing so invite teams from New Zealand, Australia, USA clubs, German and Jamaican athletes to participate in these and use these meets as their training camps.

“Bringing such events closer to home in the Pacific enables greater exposure for our athletes and spectators.

“The biggest plus is its more affordable for us here in the Pacific. These are just a few main focus areas I try to push to ensure the Oceania region, particularly the Pacific nations athletes, don’t continue to fall further behind the athletes of developed nations.

“The main objective for me is to talk about what’s working, what’s not both at development and elite level.

“For us more than anything it comes down to funding. It’s hard to retain athletes as all sports compete for the same talents. Athletes will sway towards where they are able to achieve a secured support structure.

“The opportunity to serve on a world sporting body Commission is a great achievement and to beat out thousands of applicants from all the IAAF member nations says a lot about the caliber and quality of qualified people we produce in Fiji and the Pacific. Another great achievement for Athletics Fiji, Fiji and the Pacific.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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