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Sports Help Fight NCDs: Vegnathan

Sports Help Fight NCDs: Vegnathan
Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan (sixth from right) after opening the Vanua Levu Open Golf Championship at the Labasa Golf Club on January 12, 2019 Photo: Yogesh Chandra
January 13
10:27 2019

It is important to promote sport­ing activities in our communi­ties in order to combat the rise of Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs).

This was the message from the As­sistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan while opening the Va­nua Levu Open Golf Champion­ship at the Labasa Golf Club yes­terday.

“I would personally love to pro­mote as much sports as possible in the country in order to gear up a healthy society,” Vegnathan said.

“This involves a lot of people do­ing physical activities and it will also lead to a healthy future gen­eration.”

Vegnathan also urged people to promote golf in Vanua Levu.

He also thanked golfers through­out Fiji who had turned up for the tournament.

“Thank you all for being here and supporting the Labasa Golf Club,” he said.

Labasa Golf Club captain Vinod Chand said the sport is gaining popularity in the Northern Divi­sion.

“We’re happy to see more players showing interest in the sport. We thank A. Hussain Company Lim­ited for sponsoring us for the last five years.”

Chand said despite the unfavour­able weather condition, the pitch has been in good shape.

“The golf course belongs to the Fiji Sugar Corporation and we’re glad to have the Assistant Minister for Sugar to do the opening of the tournament,” he added.

Around 40 golfers took part as the competition ends today.


Defending Vanua Levu Open Golf Championship champion Abid Hussain is confident of retaining the title this afternoon.

“There is healthy competition this year but I’m determined to de­fend my title,” he said.

The 43-year-old Nadi businessman is originally from Batinikama in Labasa.

“I started at a very young age when I used to see other top golf­ers in Fiji coming to play here,” he said.

Hussain has also won other na­tional titles like the Nadi Open, Lautoka Open, Pacific Harbour Open, Fiji Golf Club Open, Dena­rau Open, Natadola Open and Fiji Open (amateur division).

“Winning these different competi­tions in the past years is something that has boosted my game. I never thought that I would be a Fiji cham­pion,” he said.

Hussain said competing against top players in Fiji has given him the required exposure.

“It’s always good to meet with new players and share a few skills and ideas. I’ve been fully focused to­wards this tournament and hope to come out victorious.”

At end of day one in the main di­vision, Janendra Prasad leads by 70 strokes followed by Hussain and Vijay Goundan with 74 while Atish Chand and Surendra Kumar are third place with 76.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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