Athletes urged to work together

Fiji's Banuve Tabakaucoro competes with other athletes during the 100m Heats event at Apia Park in Samoa on Monday, July 15, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

ATHLETES of the Pacific have been urged to work together and be resilient in the fight against COVID-19.

With sports being cancelled globally and the region, Oceania National Olympic Commitees, the body overseeing regional sports, has reassured athletes of its help and encouragement during this unprecedented time.

Chairperson of the ONOC Athletes Commission Karo Lelai said the history of Pacific Islanders showed that we were strong people.

“All of us are connected through the Ocean. Now, more than ever, we need to support each other through these difficult times by showing solidarity,” Lelai said.

“Despite borders, we are all Pacific people and part of the global village. The Olympic Games would not be the Olympic Games if we did not do the right thing and put humanity first.”

She said Pacific Islanders had been known globally for our unity.

“As natural voyagers and warriors, we are resilient, assertive, decisive, creative and agile people, so we encourage you to use your instincts and tap into this attribute to remain active and healthy and to continue to live out the Olympic values in your homes, your villages, your townships, your communities, your cities, and your respective countries.

“Stay in touch with your respective local athletes commissions and also follow the digital platforms of Athlete365 for COVID-19 updates.

“It is now time to put your health and that of your family and community first. We have prevailed through natural disasters and other diseases and we will do so with COVID-19. Let’s recalibrate, re-strategise and refocus, eyes on the prize people.”

The 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed to probably next July.

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