Birmingham 2022: ‘Bright future’

Judoka Gerrard Takayawa, left, and athlete Nikotimasi Croker at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. Picture: ROHIT DEO

Fiji has a bright future in sports as there are a lot of young talents representing the country.

These were the words of Team Fiji general manager Ajay Ballu considering the number of young athletes taking part at this year’s Commonwealth Games for Fiji.

Two such athletes are 16-year-old judoka Gerard Takayawa and 17-year-old Triathlon athlete Nikotimasi Croker.

The duo did not turn many heads at the competition with their results, but it’s the experience that matters to them the most.

“It was an amazing experience for me. Being part of these games at such a young age is a blessing for me and I will surely improve from here ,” Marist Brothers High School student Croker said.

Takayawa studies Sports Science in Japan and said it is never easy competing at the Commonwealth Games.

“The competition is very tough. We need to get more exposure to international events. It has helped me grow as an athlete,” Takayawa said.

Takayawa left for Japan yesterday while Croker will depart England for tomorrow.

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