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Fiji athletics a winner

Tukai Lagonilakeba,Namaka, Nadi
Friday, May 06, 2016

The curtains came down, the national and Coca-Cola Games flags were lowered, the flames turned off and the dust settled on Saturday after three days signifying the end of a successful Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics championship, the largest athletics sporting event in the South Pacific.

In our PM Voreqe Bainimarama's launching of our Fijian athletics database from our elite primary school level Chow Games to the national secondary schools finals, it is a great leap in as far as keeping track of the development of our elite athletes is concerned.

It is also a very positive visionary move in the right direction by those smart concerned Fiji athletics officials.

It was long overdue but nevertheless we are finally there and Fiji athletics is the winner but a big vinaka vakalevu to our Minister for Sports Laisenia Tuitubou and his deputy Iliesa Delana on our Government's support to this legitimate idea.

The proposed annual athletics competition for 2017 to be held at Lautoka's Churchill Park should be a cracker again thanks to Government for this great investment initiative giving our Western schoolchildren a level playing field in providing an all-weather track for them to train on and to also appreciate its full value.

I am pretty sure the western schools will be more motivated to bring back the boys and girls athletics titles where it rightly belongs.

Thank you glorious Jasper, you are true champions but vinaka to team Natabua for putting up such a great fight until the end.

Let us hope FRU and Fiji soccer are doing the same in maintaining a database for their school players from the same levels.

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