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Squash Fiji Sets Realistic Goal

Squash Fiji starts the year by reaffirming their commit­ment in developing players for the Pacific Games which is on July 7-20 in Apia, Samoa. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Squash Fiji
09 Jan 2019 10:06
Squash Fiji Sets Realistic Goal
From left: Team Fiji squash players Romit Parshotta (left) and Sailesh Pala in Gold Coast, Australia

Squash Fiji starts the year by reaffirming their commit­ment in developing players for the Pacific Games which is on July 7-20 in Apia, Samoa.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Squash Fiji vice-president and coach Sydney Simpson said they would conduct a medical assess­ment for the 20- member extended squad at Olympic House in Suva on Saturday.

“The following day we will have a fitness test for the players that a vying for a Pacific Games spot,” Simpson said

“We had our first trials conducted in December last year where we managed to field 20 players.

“Also, this test will be a build- up to the Suva Squash Open champi­onship which is on January 18-19. We’re expecting to identify more players.

“And from the extended squad we are going to reduce the number to enable us to accommodate five men, four women and two reserves to represent Fiji at the Pacific Games. So, the final squad will be named no later than April.”

Simpson highlighted that they’re vying to win 7 silver and 4 bronze medals at the Pacific Games.

“Squash Fiji has won gold once at the 2007 Pacific Games but we are still determined to make a change this year. However, we’re keeping things realistic by vying to win at least 7 silver and 4 bronze medals.

“The level of dedication from the players has been quite impressive and most of them have the poten­tial of making the final team and doing Fiji proud at the Games.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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