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Birmingham 2022: ‘Bright future’

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...

Birmingham 2022: Karan stops short

Fijian athlete Yeshnil Karan failed to finish his men’s 5000 metres event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. Up against the best in the Commonwealth and some of the best in the world, fatigue got the better of the young Fijian as he had to stop in the middle of the tough race. This...

Games bid intensifies

With the date of the 2022 Coca-Cola Games looming closer, competition sponsors Coca-Cola Europacific Partners national sales manager Lawrence Tikaram said the company was excited to be a part of the region’s biggest annual secondary schools athletics competition. “We are absolutely humbled and grateful to all stakeholders through our Government, Ministry of Education and FSSSAA...

Breen eyes tennis fame

Saoirse Breen aims to become Fiji’s first women’s tennis professional player. Breen is Fiji’s No.1 junior rep, who has a world junior ranking of 639. Her career highest ranking was 550 back in January this year. Breen is based in Barcelona, Spain. She collected three silver medals and a bronze at the recent Pacific Mini...

Oceania hopes for more development

The Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF) is hopeful that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Regional Tennis Centre (RTC) will reopen in Lautoka by 2024. The RTC was closed in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic. The RTC produced many national reps who earned ITF scholarships in the United States. They included Archana Reddy, Devashkar Reddy, Christopher Hargrove,...

Chess double victory

The Fiji chess team celebrated a double victory on the weekend during the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India. The Fijian women’s team beat Guyana and the open team got the better of British Virgin Islands. In the match against Guyana, Board 1 Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons trapped Pooja Lam in a...

7th August

Record breaking McKeon admits pool programme took ‘mental toll’

(Reuters) – Multiple champion Emma McKeon said she has had to pay a psychological price for her dominance in the pool after the Australian became the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time. McKeon, who also has a record-breaking haul of Olympic medals to her name, won six golds as well as a silver...

PNC: Breen thankful for support

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has been supportive of the development of the sport in the region for many years. The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are organised by the ITF in the world over in different groups for their Class B members. Similarly in 2018, ITF introduced the Nations Cup Pacific for Class C...

PNC: Women reign supreme

Fiji reigned supreme in the women’s category of the Punjas Nations Cup Pacific at the Regional Tennis Centre in Nadovu, Lautoka yesterday. The team made up of Ruby Coffin and Saoirse Breen defeated Northern Marianas 2-0 in the final. It was a comprehensive victory for the hosts as the doubles match was not played. In...

Special Olympics serve as trials for World Games in Berlin

The Special Olympics National Talent Identification Games in Lautoka yesterday served as the initial trials for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany. Special athletes from as far as Rabi, Labasa and Ovalau participated in the event. Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Rovereto Nayacalevu, who was the chief guest for the...

Birmingham 2022: Team Fiji lawn bowlers bow out

The Lawn Bowls competition came to an end for Fiji on Friday with the women’s triples losing to the Cook Islands in the quarter-final match. Fiji went down 23-12. Team manager Astral Smith said the side played well but were outclassed by the opponents. “They (Cook Islands) played an amazing game. Their 20-year-old second played...

Birmingham 2022: Fijians pitch in for reps; Team Fiji thankful for support

Team Fiji chef de mission to the 2022 Commonwealth Games Sale Sorovaki has acknowledged the support from the Fijian community in England. According to Sorovaki, the Fijian community collected more than 2700 pounds and to be distributed to the Fijian athletes participating at the Games in Birmingham. Team Fiji has 67 athletes taking part at...

Birmingham 2022: Karan to end Fiji’s run

All eyes turn to the tracks today as former Tavua College student Yeshnil Karan competes in the men’s 5000 metre event, the last event for Fiji at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Karan finished the 1500 metre race in a time of four minutes 4.22 seconds to finish 11th on Thursday. Fiji Amateur Athletics Federation secretary...

Innovative thinking will make Games a winner, says Canadian bid chief

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – An event searching for an identity, the Commonwealth Games may have found one in Birmingham as a leader and forward thinker when it comes to women and para-sport. Sometimes viewed as a relic of the British Empire’s colonial past, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has looked to an innovative future in...

Nadal withdraws from Montreal hardcourt event

(Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open tune-up event in Montreal, Canada due to the same abdominal strain which forced him to miss his Wimbledon semi-final last month, he said on Friday. World number three Nadal’s quest for a calendar Grand Slam ended after he pulled out of his highly anticipated...

6th August

Lakers, LeBron James reportedly talk $98M extension

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are discussing a two-year extension worth $98 million, according to multiple reports. James, 37, became eligible for a contract extension on Thursday and met with general manager Rob Pelinka. He can become a free agent in 2023 if he opts to do so, but ESPN reported the initial...

After Griner gets jail, Russia ready to discuss swap with U.S

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offence. The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star,...

Serena Williams faces tough draw in first U.S. Open tune-up event

(Reuters) – Serena Williams will have her work cut out for her when the Toronto Open kicks off next week as the 23-time Grand Slam champion begins her hardcourt preparations for the upcoming U.S. Open. If Williams can get past a qualifier in her first round match she will then face either Tokyo Olympics gold...

MBHS gets backing

The Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) athletics team received a timely boost towards their Coca-Cola Games preparations yesterday. Suva-based company Bula Outsourcing yesterday teamed up with the school’s athletics team as its sponsor. Company chief executive officer and managing director Josie Prasad said it was an honour to support the team. “As an organisation, we...

Special Olympics play vital role

Fiji Special Olympics is preparing for next year’s world championship. Fiji, part of the global body called Special Olympics, looks after people living with intellectual disability. SO Fiji sports director Robin Dayal said SO and her global affiliates which included Fiji, used sports as an avenue to expose the sporting abilities of people living with...

Flagstaff boys ready to restore Fiji Finals lost glory

Marist Brothers High School athletes aim to restore the school’s lost glory in the Coca-Cola Games. The event, billed as the Pacific’s biggest annual secondary schools athletics competition, is scheduled to take place at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva from August 18-20. The Flagstaff-based school will field 83 athletes and its outgoing team manager...

Birmingham 2022: Nabili collects bronze

Fijian flag bearer Naibili Vatunisolo won a bronze and Team Fiji’s fourth medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England yesterday. Competing in the Women’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64 final, Vatunisolo managed a throw of 23.70 metres. Nigeria took out gold while Australia received silver. Interestingly, there were four other athletes apart from those who made...

Birmingham 2022: We are glad to have another medal – Ballu

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is nearing its end for Team Fiji with only one athlete left to take part in a single event. Yeshnil Karan will compete in the men’s 5000 metre event on Saturday as all other athletes have completed their competitions. Yesterday, Karan finished 11th in his 1500m heat after running against Olympic...

Birmingham 2022: Fijian para-athlete Latu defies odds; travels the world amid challenges

“Table tennis has changed my life.” These were the words of 64-year-old para-table tennis athlete Akanisi Latu. The Valelevu Hart Nursing Home resident competed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games for Fiji. According to Latu, she started playing table tennis eight years ago and at that stage, had no idea the sport would take her places....

Griner’s defence team says to appeal 9 year sentence

(Reuters) – Brittney Griner’s defence said on Thursday that they will file an appeal on behalf of the U.S. basketball star who was jailed for 9 years by a Russian court on drugs charges. Griner’s defence team said that in sentencing the court had ignored all evidence they had presented as well as Griner’s guilty...

Djokovic withdraws from Canada event, Murray handed wildcard

(Reuters) -Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open tune-up event in Canada as he cannot enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, tournament organisers said on Thursday while handing Andy Murray one of four wildcards. Wimbledon champion Djokovic, whose withdrawal was announced a day before the official draw ceremony, has refused...

Birmingham 2022: Peaty says Games loss is the spark to carry him to Paris Olympics

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – A loss in his signature 100 metre breaststroke race at the Commonwealth Games will haunt Adam Peaty for years but the Englishman said it has also provided the spark he needs to defend his Olympic gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games. Unbeaten in the event in eight years, Peaty’s fourth...

5th August

Griner sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia

KHIMKI, Russia (Reuters) -A Russian court on Thursday sentenced U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years prison on drugs charges, after finding her guilty of narcotics possession and smuggling for bringing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia. A Russian state prosecutor had requested 9.5 years in prison for Griner, who said in her closing remarks...

Birmingham 2022: Australian swimmers not taking eyes off Olympic prize

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Australian swimmers were basking in a dominating performance at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday but only for a moment as they are keeping their eyes on the big prize — the 2024 Paris Olympics. Having brought their A Team of Olympic champions and world record holders to Birmingham, the Australians laid...

Fijian football legend leads team to Lautoka golf win

Former stylish and lanky Fiji and Lautoka football rep Vinod Chand teamed up with United States-based Nur Ali to win the Tesla Electrical Products-sponsored two-men 18 holes stroke Ambrose event at the Lautoka Golf Club course last weekend. The duo netted 61.25 to pip the consistent pair of Shiva Rajan and Gaffar Ali, who had...

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