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Cokes On After Two-Year Lapse

The Ministry of Education deputy secretary Timoci Bure yesterday confirmed that after the lapse of two years the Coca-Cola Games will be held on August 4-6, at the ANZ Stadi­um, Suva.
19 May 2022 13:18
Cokes On After Two-Year Lapse
From left: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners marketing manager Lawrence Tikaram, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners human resources manager Emmy Elder, Coke Games coordinator Vuli Waqa, Ministry of Education deputy secretary Timoci Bure, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners general manager Roger Hare, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association president Marika Uluinaceva, and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners chief financial officer Graham Rose in Suva on May 18, 2022. Photo: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

The Ministry of Education deputy secretary Timoci Bure yesterday confirmed that after the lapse of two years the Coca-Cola Games will be held on August 4-6, at the ANZ Stadi­um, Suva.

On the school calendar it is on Week three of Term two.

Coke Games coordinator Fili­omoni Waqa during the announce­ment at the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners headquarters at Laucala Beach said there is a possibility that Maritime Zone students would be accommodated by Suva schools prior to Fiji’s biggest sports event.

Maritime zone is usually staged a week before the Coke Games. Since it will be at the beginning of Term Two island zone students might need to be accommodated at near­by schools so as not to miss classes.

“This has happened in the past, there are schools that accommo­date maritime athletes while they are in Suva for the Cokes,” Waqa said.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners general manager Roger Hare said: “COVID had distracted the Coke Games; we are extremely excited that the Games are on again.”

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association president Marika Ul­uinaceva said: “Cokes is an event that is looked forward to by par­ents, students, stakeholders and others; the confirmation of the dates brings a lot of excitement and anticipation.”

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners marketing manager Lawrance Ti­karam said the confirmed Cokes dates fall on the same time Fiji Sec­ondary Schools will also be facili­tating rugby competitions.

“But that aside the good thing that the date has been finalised by the Ministry of Education and we can start working towards it,” Ti­karam said.

Qualifying times

Waqa admitted yesterday that there is only one photo finish de­vice (camera), that is why it is impossible to set qualifying stand­ards leading upto the Coke Games.

“We have had talks about this in the past but unfortunately we only have one photo finish camera which can only be used in Suva,” he said.

Waqa said that the number of zones will be confirmed in three weeks, as this will depend on feed­back from schools.

Tikaram said now that the Coke Games date is confirmed they would soon be meeting with zone delegates to work on their budget­ary plans.

“We are going to lift the standard of the Games without compromis­ing the quality of athletes’ perfor­mance on those days,” he said.

Safety measures

“With Under-15’s yet to be vacci­nated we will need to discuss this with the Fiji Sports Council,” Ti­karam said.

“These students must be accom­panied by a vaccinated adult.

“It is good that all teachers as instructed by the ministry are all vaccinated. We cannot let our guards down.

“FSC as property owners will have their safety rules which we must adhere too.

“This is all going to be looked into. We have to still observe all COVID protocol. Safety is always our priority.”

Refund of ticket monies

Waqa also disclosed that $100,000 worth of ticket monies from the 2020 Coke Games have been re­funded.

”Schools like Queen Victoria School and Adi Cakobau School who had bought thousands of tick­ets have received their refunds,” he said.

“Those that have bought two to ten tickets have yet to get their re­funds. They can either come to us for their refund or exchange the unused ticket to a new one for the coming Games.”

District zone days will be finalised later

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