Banuve, Vollmer Call For Offshore Competitions

The Easter championship was the last local event recognized as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
07 Apr 2021 13:47
 Banuve, Vollmer Call For Offshore Competitions
Sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro takes out the 100m during the Easter Athletics games at the ANZ National stadium in Suva on the 3rd April 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro and triple jumper Eugene Vollmer wants more overseas competi­tion.

This was after they failed to meet the qualifying times/ distance during the National Easter Championship over the weekend.

The qualifying time for Tabakaucoro in the 100m is 10.5 seconds but he clocked 10.79.In the 200m, the qualifying time is 20.24s but he clocked 21.79s.

Vollmer was to exceed 17me­tres but missed out with a dis­tance of 15.24m

The Easter championship was the last local event recognized as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Both athletes hope to par­ticipate in qualifying events in Australia soon.

Speaking to SUNsports Tabakaucoro said he wants to compete overseas.

“I cannot be competing with high school kids and local run­ners because it won’t help me,” he said.

“Right now it’s about getting overseas, competing as much as I can to drop those times. I’m physically fit right now, every­thing is okay, and it’s just pretty much the competitions.

“It’s the competition that I’m concerned about I want to run with those who are faster than me.”

“Running with those sprinters overseas can help me reduce my time because they are fast and they can push me.”

Meanwhile, Vollmer hopes they will travel overseas so they can compete at an Olympic qualifying event.

“We’ve yet to hear from FASA­NOC and our national federa­tion as they have budgeted for it,” he said.

“So we are keeping our fingers crossed and if we do fly over to Australia we will try our best to qualify for the Olympic Games.”

If they are not able to travel overseas for the qualifying meets, Athletics Fiji will con­sider their points and ranking which will determine which athlete takes the universality spot.




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