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Lifters Put Through First Trial

The Levuka lifters who refuse to represent Fiji can still make the team to the Sa­moa Pacific Games by attending three of Weightlifting Fiji’s five trials, an official says. Weightlifting
16 Dec 2018 11:36
Lifters Put Through First Trial
Luke Tuikenawa of Dogawale club in Serua during the Weightlifting Fiji trials at Suva’s Rabuka Gym on December 15, 2018. Photo: Grace Narayan

The Levuka lifters who refuse to represent Fiji can still make the team to the Sa­moa Pacific Games by attending three of Weightlifting Fiji’s five trials, an official says.

Weightlifting Fiji officially began its prepara­tions “from scratch” at Suva’s Rabuka Gym yes­terday in its build-up for next year’s games.

The team assembled for the first time since the withdrawal of 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eileen Cikamatana and other top Levuka-based lifters.

Thirty-six largely amateur athletes attended the first of five trials for a spot in the Fiji team to the Samoan games, including some from Ka­davu and Serua.

Despite the setback, strength and conditioning coach Henry Elder says they want to take a full team of 20 – 10 men and women – to Samoa.

Patrick Tawake is one athlete in the team that has had some international experience.

Tawake scored second in the B category at the recent Asian Games in Ashgabat, Turkmeni­stan and 10th in the overall standings.

He was also placed fifth at last year’s Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in the 81 kilogramms category.

The Qelemumu, Macuata native, who has be­come a mentor for the younger lifters, is aim­ing for gold in Samoa, but knows it will require hard work.

“I know getting there won’t be easy and I’ll have to keep my training consistent,” Tawake said.

The four remaining trials will be held on Janu­ary 19, February 23, March 23 and April 20.

Cikatamana and her Ovalau-based club mem­bers refuse to represent Fiji over a dispute re­garding the appointment of top Iranian coach Hossein Tavakoli.

However, Weightlifting Fiji general secretary Ritesh Ratiram says the lifters could still make the team to Samoa if they attend three of the five trials.

“We have never closed the door on anyone and still invite the Levuka lifters to join the team,” he said.

“The only thing they will have to do is follow a process because they have brought disrepute to the sport.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

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