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Athletes Urged To Watch Diet During Lockdown

This was the message from Fiji Airways Flying Fijians winger Jiuta Wainiqolo who indicated that a lot of emphasis has been placed on training but hardly anything is said about their diet.
27 Apr 2020 11:56
Athletes Urged To Watch Diet During Lockdown
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians winger Jiuta Wainiqolo having vegetable soup at his home in Suva on April 25, 2020 . Photo: Simione Haravanua

Athletes are urged to watch their diet as they continue on with their individual training during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

This was the message from Fiji Airways Flying Fijians winger Jiuta Wainiqolo who indicated that a lot of emphasis has been placed on training but hardly anything is said about their diet.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday while doing his shopping in Suva, the 20-year-old said, training at home and getting easy access to food is a new experience altogether for many of our athletes.

“I’m here to buy my vegetables for my daily diet programme and the veggies can help fight this virus and keep my immune system strong,” he said.

Jiuta Wainiqolo shops at IGA New World Supermarket, Suva on April 26, 2020. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Jiuta Wainiqolo shops at IGA New World Supermarket, Suva on April 26, 2020. Photo: Simione Haravanua

“Straight after this I will head to the fish market to add some protein into my diet.

“Most of the players have gained weight during the short period of time because they don’t look after their diet.

“Players can’t control what they eat and the desire when it comes to food.

“As a rugby players we should know and control what we consume every day because it will help in the conditioning of our body.”

Wainiqolo believes that maintaining our diet is one of the biggest challenges that local and overseas-based Fijian rugby players face.

“During this lockdown period, I know most of my fellow rugby players will lose focus on their diet.

“I believe that our trainers have given our training programmes and diet plan that we should follow.

“It is very simple to follow a diet programme, just stick to the plan and use local foods. That helps a lot.

“We know we are in a very difficult time so we can always utilise what we have around us in terms of vegetables and food supplies.”

Wainiqolo made his debut for the Flying Fijians against Barbarians in Twickenham, London last November where they recorded a 33-31 win.

He came into the limelight last year playing for Suva in the Skipper Cup Premiership before he made the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua.

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As one of the rising wingers in the country the Ra native has set his sight on retaining his spot in the Flying Fijians squad under new coach Vern Cotter.

“My aim now is to become a full international player for Fiji and should the virus go away, one of my goals is to represent the Flying Fijians in a test match.”

Edited by: Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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