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FORMER Fiji Judo Federation gold medallist Nemani Takayawa is back on the judo mat training Fijian youngsters. The former Japan-based judoka has a mission this year while trying to give back to community the investment...

Suva to host volleyball festival

SUVA Volleyball Association is embarking on hosting a three-day Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Business House Mixed Volleyball Championship at the Fiji Sports Council National Netball Centre at Laucala Bay in Suva next week. It starts on Monday and is expected to attract a lot of teams and some of the country’s best volleyballers. Digicel Suva...

Suva business houses battle on in touch rugby

Fiji Touch Federation successfully hosted the first round of the Suva business house (BH) competition at Albert Park last Thursday. Despite showers in the Capital City the sport of touch rugby took centre stage at the iconic venue. No bars held as teams strut their stuff to the great cheers of their supporters that brave...

New swimmers – Rova: I’ve seen consistency in performance

SWIMMING Fiji is unveiling a new generation of talented swimmers, thanks to the weekly competitions taking place at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva. SF president Ben Rova said a lot of young swimmers had been testing the waters in trying to excel in the sport. “For today, we are having the final of...

Francis scoops two gold

KAIAVA Francis of Suva Grammar School scooped two gold medals in the senior boys long jump and triple jump events. He jumped a height of 13:10 metres in the senior boys triple jump. Francis said it was good luck charm that he won gold medal because he wasn’t training for the past weeks because he...

Sokiveta retains blue ribbon

SUVA Grammar School sprinter Tevita Sokiveta retained his blue ribbon title after winning the senior boys 100 metres in the Suva Zone Two competition yesterday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Sokiveta clocked 10.64 seconds ahead of teammate Tevita Mocekinasau with a time of 10.67s and settling in third place was Pranav Datt of Jai...

Double win – Suva Grammar does it again in Suva Zone Two

SUVA Grammar School has again retained their title as the Coca-Cola Games Suva Zone Two champion. In the girls’ division they scooped 23 gold, 25 silver and 18 bronze medals while the boys took home 27 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Team captain Amena Yanuyanutawa said hats off to the athletes, they were...

Australia shaken by earthquake before levelling series against Black Caps

Australia’s touring T20 side have dealt with plenty while in New Zealand over the last month. After two weeks in quarantine, the first thing Aaron Finch did was attend a memorial service for the 185 killed in the Christchurch earthquake a decade ago. Then came New Zealand’s ferocious swing attack and Martin Guptill’s power hitting to leave them 2-0...

5th March

Heavyweight star Joseph Parker confirms split with long-time trainer Kevin Barry

AUCKLAND, 05 MARCH 2021 (STUFF NZ) – Joseph Parker has split with his trainer Kevin Barry, ending their eight-year partnership. Parker defeated Junior Fa in Auckland last Saturday, but it was a less than spectacular performance from the former WBO heavyweight champion, with Parker failing to get the knockdown he predicted. Barry has returned to...

Suva Grammar wins Suva Zone 2 competition

Suva Grammar School is crowned the Suva Zone two champions. They both scooped the girls and boys division. In the boys division, they scooped 23 gold medals, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. For the girls category, they scooped 23 gold medals, 25 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Suva Zone 2: Ah Sing breaks junior boys 100m record; wins gold for MBHS

Julius Ah Sing of Marist Brothers High School broke the record of the junior boys 100m event. He set a new time of 11.82 seconds. The old record was set by Kalaveti Draiva of SGS with a time of 12.05 seconds.

Suva Zone 2: Tough 800m

Lomary Secondary School scooped the sub-junior and junior girls 800m events while Marist Brothers High school took out the title for the sub-junior boys category. Suva Grammar School won the same event in the junior boys category. St Joseph Secondary School won the event in the intermediate girls category and Suva Grammar in the interboys...

Suva Zone 2: SGS wins blue ribbon

Suva Grammar school ace runner Tevita Sokiveta retained his title as the blue ribbon champion. He clocked the time of 10.78 seconds. In the girls grade, Marian O’neill won the senior girls 100m with a time of 12.5 seconds.

UK Parliament launches new enquiry into long-term impact of head injuries in sport

LONDON (Reuters) – The UK Parliament on Wednesday announced the launch of an inquiry into the long-term effects of head injuries in sport and will discuss the latest scientific studies with governing bodies and athletes across two sessions starting next week. The Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee (DCMS) will examine links between concussion and...

Root tells England not be bogged down by surface tension

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – England captain Joe Root has demanded fearless cricket from his team in the final test against India, saying they should not be scared of the surface in what is expected to be another spin-dominated contest in Ahmedabad from Thursday. England were beaten inside two days at the same Narendra Modi stadium...

Japan to decide on overseas spectators for Tokyo Olympics by end-March – officials

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government will decide whether to let overseas spectators attend the Summer Olympics in Tokyo by the end of March, Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Wednesday. Her comments were echoed by the head of the organising committee for the Games, Seiko Hashimoto, who said she would like to reach the decision...

4th March

UK government announces £300 million sport recovery package

(Reuters) – The UK government on Wednesday announced a new 300 million pound ($418.86 million) recovery package for sport in England as part of a plan to assist the economy in dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance minister Rishi Sunak said in an annual budget speech on Wednesday that 700 million pounds...

Hatton ready to defend maiden PGA Tour title at Bay Hill

(Reuters) – Tyrrell Hatton added a red cardigan to his closet with his win at last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and returns to Bay Hill this week knowing he must work on his putting if he wants to add a Green Jacket to his wardrobe at next month’s Masters. World number six Hatton, the final...

Promoter Arum says fight between Fury and Joshua agreed

(Reuters) – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will fight this year with “no more issues” to prevent the heavyweight unification bout from happening, promoter Bob Arum said on Wednesday. Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles and his promoter Eddie Hearn said last month that the deal...

Vakasama on track – Young swimmer focuses on 2021 Olympics qualifier

FIJI’S top swimming contender for the Olympic Games has set his focus on the next qualifiers in April. Taichi Vakasama is seconds away from the qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympics. His time of 1:02.62 in the 100m breaststroke was achieved at the AON NZ Open Championships, while 2:14.98 in the 200m breaststroke and 2:07.84...

ONOC highlights the Games’ support

WITH less than 150 days to go, the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchell has highlighted support being deployed toward Oceania preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games this year. Dr Mitchell emphasised that ONOC is currently working around key areas of support for its National Olympic Committees (NOCs) ensuring the safe participation...

‘Students to enjoy’

MARIST Champagnat Institute aims for their students to enjoy taking part in their inter-house meet while focusing on the Suva Zone two competition. Meet manager Ritesh Prasad says majority of the students who joined the institute faced problems of being accepted in the community. “We’re not only focusing on the zone or the Coca-Cola Games,...

Suva Zone 2: Lomary scoops 4th gold medal

Lomary Secondary School has scooped their fourth gold medal in the open girls 3000m event of the Suva Zone 2 competition. Lomary’s Makereta Adi also won her second gold medal in the 1500m event. She says she is confident she can win gold in her event in the Coca-Cola Games competition. In second place was...

Bala praises Team Up sports development program

Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar thanked the Australian government for their Team Up sports development program that was launched at the Albert Park in Suva today. He thanked the Australian deputy high commissioner Paul Wilson for his support. “Australians are among high achievers and world leaders in all aspects of sports development...

Samoa women back Rugby World Cup delay

Samoa’s Rugby World Cup dream is still alive after World Rugby recommended the 2021 women’s tournament be postponed until next year due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19. The World Cup was scheduled to be held in New Zealand in September and October but the governing body said it had become clear that it’s not...

Tokyo Olympics: Organisers to decide on foreign spectator ban

Plans are taking shape for Tokyo’s blighted Summer Olympics to go ahead in July, with athletes largely vaccinated against the coronavirus, but overseas spectators likely banned and limits put on the number of domestic fans inside stadiums, according to officials and media reports. “In my opinion now, it’s more a question of how than if,”...

3rd March

Twin battle – Lesumailodoni siblings chase 200 metres title

NAITASIRI twins Laiseana and Merelita Lesumailodoni’s strong bond will be their key weapon at the Suva Zone Two athletics competition later this month. The Navuso duo took part in yesterday’s combined inter-house meet between their school Ballentine Memorial School and Lami High School. Laiseana, who is the defending champion in the senior girls 200m for...

Laqere says BMS aims to better performance

BALLANTINE Memorial School is betting on its long distance runners to bring them medals in the Suva zone one competition on March 17 at the ANZ Stadium. The school had its combined inter-house meet with Lami High School yesterday. Sports co-ordinator Bereta Laqere said she was happy to see the long distance runners perform. “I...

Treat for students

LAMI High School used yesterday’s combined inter-house event with Ballentine Memorial School as a way of treating its students. Principal James Faiyaz said with the background of the school, yesterday’s event was for students, teachers and parents to have a time to bond. “This school has most students who come from broken families or being...

‘Team Up’ sports program launches in Pacific

The Australian Government has launched the latest phase of its sport for development program in the Pacific Islands. Team Up supports 30 sporting partnerships in Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu across 13 different sports: Australian rules, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, swimming, table tennis and volleyball....

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