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Mazey Tells: Sports Seeking $6.6M

The budget submission and allocations would be discussed with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Suva, next week.
13 Jun 2020 14:45
Mazey Tells: Sports Seeking $6.6M
Peter Mazey.

A total budget of $6.6million has been submitted to the Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) from the sporting bodies.

The budget submission and allocations would be discussed with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Suva, next week.

Budget submitted by sporting bodies are being reduced due to COVID-19 pandemic financial constraints that are faced globally.

FNSC executive chairman Peter Mazey said there has been no finalisation and they would not know their grant until the National Budget announcement next month.

“The Commission’s budget submissions on behalf of the National Sports Organisations (NSO) equated to $6.6million,”Mazey said.

Apart from Government funding the sports commission also receives funds and sponsorships from other businesses.

“The Sports Commission does receive some sponsorship from local businesses but this is generally in kind,” he said.

“For example JR White for sports equipment to all the rural and urban communities we conduct programmes.

“Other funding is available and the Commission applies for this through different international agencies but this is always for a particular programme such as funding from UNESCO.

“This is to facilitate workshops and training aids including the production of sports and physical activity training manuals for our Inclusive and Special schools,” he added.

“Funding requests from our national sporting bodies recognised the current situation with regards to COVID-19 and are therefore substantially less than normal annual requests.

“It is also very much dependent on when there is a global opening to participation in events either overseas or being hosted in Fiji.”

All NSO’s are currently putting in place their own protocol for a COVID-19 Free Fiji and this will enable them to be accredited and issued certificates by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Health.

This would enable them to compete in a safe and monitored environment and accepted internationally.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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