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Western associations prepare for volleyball rally

A total of 18 teams will participate in the Western Rally Volleyball Championship which will be played at the multi-purpose courts in Lautoka this Saturday. The tournament will serve as selection for the national squad...

NBA-LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

(Reuters) -Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, setting the new mark with a fadeaway jumpshot late in the third quarter of a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James, who entered the game needing 36 points to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387,...

Olympics-Nordic countries jointly oppose Russian, Belarusian sports participation

(Reuters) – The Nordic Olympic Committees wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday to reiterate their opposition to Russian and Belarusian athletes being allowed to take part in international sports. The IOC said last month that athletes from Russia and Belarus might be allowed to earn slots for the Olympic Games in Paris...

8th February

Egyptian bodybuilder collects trash to fund his dream

CAIRO (Reuters) – Nationally ranked bodybuilder Ali el-Sharkawy trains in the evenings, but only after the 29-year-old has spent the morning collecting rubbish to support himself through his sporting career. Although he has won accolades including two bronze medals at national championships, like many other Egyptian athletes practising individual sports, he has been unable to...

Cricket-Confident Australia can pull off series win in India – Harris

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A confident and wiser Australia are well-equipped to take the fight to India in a series that could literally be decided by a coin-toss, according to former test bowler Ryan Harris. Winning in India has taken on Holy Grail proportions for Australia, whose last series victory in the subcontinent was a 2-1...

SJC vets Team Fiji coaches and managers

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee’s (FASANOC) Selection Justification Commission (SJC) has completed the process of ensuring the selection of the best and/or qualified coaches and team managers who will be members of Team Fiji to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in November this year. FASANOC senior Team Fiji...

Kumar’s passion for running; keen to revive interest in long distance running

Fun runs were highly anticipated social events in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. And the festive mini marathons would often draw people from all walks of life – from families to businessmen and even students. The Fiji Times and Australian national carrier Qantas often sponsored the events and it was here that many potential long...

Former heavyweight champion Joshua to return to ring in April

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former twice world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his ring return in London on April 1 against American Jermaine Franklin, promoters Matchroom and DAZN said on Monday. The fight at the 02 Arena will be the first time in nearly seven years that Joshua, 33, has fought without a world...

NFL-Brady says he will start Fox Sports broadcasting career in 2024

(Reuters) – Recently-retired quarterback Tom Brady said on Monday he will make his highly-anticipated debut as a lead NFL analyst with Fox Sports in the fall of 2024. Speaking during an appearance on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”, the seven-times Super Bowl champion said he will use the time off to focus on...

7th February

Australia T20 skipper Finch retires from internationals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch announced his retirement from internationals on Tuesday, drawing a line under a career that yielded more than 8,000 runs across formats. A hard-hitting opening batsman and limited overs specialist, the 36-year-old retired from the ODI team in September and took time over the home summer to decide...

‘Sports can keep you healthy and engaged’

Sports can help youth to be healthy and socially engaged, said Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru in Ba last week. This was part of his message to Magodro Youth Club members at Bukuya Village during a week-long sports accredited training. Mr Saukuru said Government was committed to develop a productive and healthy nation...

Liku hails Just Play

The Just Play program has seen the progress of its volunteers to the national level. Fiji Football Association Just Play manager Filomena Liku said it started in 2009 they had been grooming and developing young children. She said it was good to see women taking part. In having equal participation on the sporting field, she...

Australia strengthens sports partnership

Sports programs under Team Up Fiji have benefited from the help provided by the Australian Government in promoting community development. Australia has extended its support for the development of sports programs compromising more than 30 partnerships across Asia- Pacific. The Australian High Commission Charge d’ Affaires to Fiji John Williams said he was delighted Australia...

LeBron James returns to Los Angeles with history in his grasp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lakers forward LeBron James returns to Los Angeles on the verge of becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer after wrapping up a five-game road trip in New Orleans on Saturday night. ‘King James’ now needs just 36 points to pass fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record 38,387 career points after contributing...

6th February

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy urges Olympic sponsors to keep Russia out of Games

LVIV (Reuters) – Ukraine has sent letters to companies that back the International Olympic Committee urging them to keep Russian athletes out of the Paris Olympic Games, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday. Zelenskiy has been spearheading a drive to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the games under a neutral flag. Zelenskiy...

Suva eyes Vanua crowns

After dominating the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca volleyball competition over the weekend, champion Suva volleyball teams have set its eyes on the Vanua and Eastern Championship. Suva won both the men’s and women’s title as the hosts sides cements its position as the local volleyball powerhouse after former men’s champion Raiwai bowed out in the...

Basketball Fiji adopts serious approach

The basketball season begins preparations for the Fiji Cup and Pacific Games. Fiji assistant coach William Peter said they had separated the competition in to four tournaments and Central Basketball Association challenge was the second of the four series. “This is to give an opportunity to all the teams to play against each other constantly...

Cricket Fiji prepares for PICC23

Fiji has selected their squad for the Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 (PICC23). Chief executive officer Sitiveni Rokoro said Cricket Fiji would co-host the inaugural Pacific Island Cricket Challenge 2023 with the Australian Defence Force Cricket from March 6–18. “Five men and five women’s teams will participate in this one-week tournament,” he said. “Participating countries...

WTA roundup: Alycia Parks, Lin Zhu win first singles titles

Alycia Parks won her first WTA singles title, defeating No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7), 7-5 at the Open 6eme Sens Metropole on Sunday in Lyon, France. It was the first victory over a top 5 player for Parks, a 22-year-old native of Georgia, who put on a display of power with 15 aces....

3rd February

Cricket-Women’s cricket awaits birth of a superpower with game set to take off in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Women’s cricket looks poised to step out of the imposing shadow of the men’s game in India, and the rest of the world is bracing for the birth of a superpower in the sport. While male players have long enjoyed rock star status in the cricket-mad country, their female counterparts have...

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