Olympics Budget Is Enough: Mazey

“This fiscal year Government allocated $1 million for Team Fiji’s preparation and a further $400,000 to participate.
10 Feb 2021 13:04
Olympics Budget Is Enough: Mazey
The Fijian 7s team during the Mobil Uprising 7s at Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on February 6, 2021. From left: Josefa Talacolo, Rusiate Nasove, Kavekini Tabu, Iosefo Masi, Kitione Taliga, Vinaya Habosi, Jone Manu, Sireli Maqala, Kaminieli Rasaku, Simione Cece, Taniela Sadrugu and Livai Ikanikoda. The 7s men’s and women’s team have qualified and are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Leon Lord

Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC), executive chairman, Peter Mazey, has indicated that the Olympics budget is enough.

All sporting organisations sending teams to the Tokyo Olympics were asked to submit new budgets after the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 was deferred to 2021 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The budget requests by the different sports associations was part of FNSC submission to Government in the new fiscal budget period from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

And with the COVID-19 protocols in place such as two weeks quarantine, Mazey said, they would have enough.

Paralympics Fiji already has two athletes, Iosefo Rakesa for shotput and Inosi Bulimairewa for javelin.

“Our men’s and women’s 7s team have qualified and are already training together,” Mazey said.

“Sophia Morgan our yachting athlete is currently training in Auckland. These three sports having qualified are receiving funding for training from the Olympic preparation grant provided by Government.”

Swimming, table tennis, archery and judo are yet to qualify through their respective qualifying events.

“Those sports that are still trying to qualify are receiving training grants to assist them in their qualifying events. The last qualifying date is June 30.

“This fiscal year Government allocated $1 million for Team Fiji’s preparation and a further $400,000 to participate.

“Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) are also contributing to athletes’ training funding,” he said.

“Currently the funding grant for participation is sufficient and has not as yet been fully used.

“We are aware that there may be additional costs for quarantine on return to Fiji and prior to going, and the team will require COVID- 19 tests.

“There will be a cost involved here but we are hopeful this will be able to come out of the participation budget that is already in place.

Mazey added:  “At the moment we are not planning a supplementary budget. International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japan Olympic Committee are also providing funding and airfare support for the participating team.”

Meanwhile an Olympic ‘playbook’ would be published by IOC, outlining a series of strict rules designed to mitigate the risks posed on the event by COVID-19.

The Tokyo Olympics is from July 23 to August 8.


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