Rules Set For Coke Games

Mazey: Don’t have to reduce the number of schools participating but comply with 50 percent capacity
30 Jan 2021 11:49
Rules Set For Coke Games
Peter Mazey


The Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association will have to comply with all COVID-19 pandemic health protocols for this year’s Coca-Cola Games.

The games have been set for April 22-24 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. It is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the country.

It was called off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Fiji National Sports Commission executive chairman, Peter Mazey, said they are responsible for the games health protocol.

“The Coke Games will have to comply with the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery guidelines and follow the protocols relating to sports and major sporting events,” she said.

“This ensures they are certified under the Safe Sports Guidelines through the Fiji National Sports Commission.”

Mazey said they do not have to reduce the number of schools participating but they must comply with a 50 per cent reduction in the number of spectators.

FSSA Association general secretary Vuli Waqa said they have designed a tracing strategy that would avoid hold-up at the games.

“We’ve designed our own contact tracing format that enables all schools to register before they come to the game venues,” he said.

“It is designed  to avoid constant registrations for the three days of competition. All the registered athletes will be given a wrist band to wear so when they walk in on competition day, we know they are registered.

“The athletes will then head straight to where the temperature is taken.

“Those are some changes ahead of the Coke Games.”

Vuli said, the challenge was for the supporters to download their Care Fiji App for registration purposes to avoid long lines at the games.

He said the onus now was on the fans who would turn up to the carnival atmosphere inside the stadium to follow the protocols set by the commission.

Major sporting bodies, including football have set the bar in following the new norm from last year.

“This is a collective effort for our children’s sake during the biggest athletics competition.

“Let’s celebrate their achievements but at the same time be mindful of the COVID-19 protocols set,” Vuli added.




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