Officials and members of the Fiji team to the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Picture: SUPPLIED

Athletes hoping to make the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu or the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, are encouraged to participate at the 2017 Fiji Games.

FASANOC vice-president Cathy Wong said the Fiji Games would be used as a trial for many of the sports that would be participating at the games in Vanuatu and the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“We expect a strong competition in this year’s event with the presence of athletes vying for places for the mini games or the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

Wong said the Fiji Games was an opportunity for sports administrators and technical officials to improve their organisation skills in competitions and athletes.

“It is an opportunity to provide sports and districts the chance to train their officials in team management and coaching.” She said sports that would be featured in the Fiji Games included athletics, badminton, baseball, beach volleyball, billiard and snooker, bodybuilding, darts, hockey, karate, swimming, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, touch rugby, volleyball and weightlifting.

Districts competing include Suva, Serua, Nadroga, Namosi, Nadi,Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Tailevu, Nausori, Nasinu, Naitasiri, Levuka, Kadavu, Labasa, Taveuni and Sauvsavu.

“There are no age group events, so everyone will be competing in an open category, so we encourage everyone to come out and participate or cheer on those that are participating,” Wong said.

The 2017 Fiji Games is sponsored by the Olympic Solidarity Funding from the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

How it started?

The Fiji Games began in 1994 to provide competitions for national federations.

It was also an opportunity for talent identification by inviting athletes from all over the country to take part in a competition along the lines of the Pacific Games, Olympic Games, Pacific Mini Games and Commonwealth Games.

“The games provide an opportunity for training of technical officials in various sports and provide the chance to upgrade or establish recognised qualifications,” Wong said.

The Fiji Games was also used to strengthen sports administration network in the country

“What we want to accomplish is to foster healthy lifestyle and values and create a talent pool for future Team Fiji representatives,” Wong said.

Fiji Times

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