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Editorial: Lets Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Her achievement surpasses the national men’s 7s team, who took out silver.
24 Feb 2019 14:28
Editorial: Lets Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Eileen Cikamatana celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 90kg women’s weightlifting category in Gold Coast, Australia. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

This Friday the Fiji Sports Awards will be held to honour and celebrate the success and achievements of our athletes in 2018.

However, looking at the list of nominees we need the organisers to clarify ways to nominate our best nominees for the top awards.

This is based on performance alone and not on political or administrative issues they are entangled with.

One would not forget our women weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana for winning the country’s only gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Her achievement surpasses the national men’s 7s team, who took out silver.

However, Eileen is currently suspended by Weightlifting Fiji for not agreeing to train under Iranian coach Hossein Tavakoli.

Another is welterweight boxer Winston Hill for winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games while another women weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai also won bronze.

This is her second Commonwealth Games bronze medal.

All of these stars from 2018 are missing from the nominations.

But, definitely Eileen’s gold medal winning lift is what the nation should not forget on Friday night during the awards.

It was our first Commonwealth Games gold medal after 16 years.

In a true spirit of sportsmanship, we should always include them for the top awards.

There’s nothing wrong in giving credit to where it’s due.

Performance should beat sporting politics and officialdom.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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