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Good 2018 For Cricket: Rika

2018 has been a good year for Cricket Fiji, says Josefa Rika. Cricket Fiji director Rika said despite being a minor sport, it has survived and making pro­gress. “It has
25 Dec 2018 10:20
Good 2018 For Cricket: Rika
The Cricket Fiji team at Albert Park, Suva.

2018 has been a good year for Cricket Fiji, says Josefa Rika.

Cricket Fiji director Rika said despite being a minor sport, it has survived and making pro­gress.

“It has been a year full of posi­tives for Cricket Fiji as an organi­sation,” Rika said.

“We were fortunate to host the first ever international World Cup qualifying event for men in Suva in August and also managed to lock in numerous sponsors to sup­port the particular event.

“In previous years, cricket strug­gled to get sponsors and so to have names like Data #3 on board was a great achievement.

“I’m very proud of our boys’ achievement in the tournament.

“We developed a lot of young players in the tournament who we should bank on for the future.”

Cricket Fiji aim to develop a women team for the 2019 World Cup qualifiers in Vanuatu.

Challenges

“We now look forward to prepar­ing our women and U19 teams for the World Cup qualifying events in 2019 in Vanuatu and Japan,” Rika said

“We’ve been trying to lock down appropriate training facilities for our teams both for national and for club competitions because of the busy international calendar in 2019.

“Aside from that we lost our for­mer chief executive officer Setoki Galuvakadua who died in July. He was a passionate cricket follower and dedicated a lot of his time to developing the game for Cricket Fiji and Ono-i-lau.

“Cricket Fiji is looking ahead to a competitive 2019.

“Cricket Fiji is grateful for the continuous support of the Fiji National Sports Commission and chairman Peter Mazey.”

-edited by Osea Bola

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