Minister on registered sports associations

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Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru speaking in Parliament. Picture: PARLIAMENT OF FIJI

The Fiji National Sports Commission has registered 68 community sports associations, 118 clubs and 36 union associations, Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru informed Parliament.

He said all the community associations, sports clubs and unions were active.

“Each community association, sports club or union association is expected to ensure they have undertaken the requirements for registration criteria to be eligible for their sustainability in their community,” said Mr Saukuru.

“A toolkit requirement criteria is packaged towards having good governance procedures and processes to ensure they are well-equipped to conduct their own village and tikina sports competitions and in their urban and pre-urban areas the same through their sports networks.”

“In addition to this requirement, the community sports associations and sports clubs, themselves get affiliated to national sporting organisations to allow for greater grassroot development and create talent pathways for individuals.

Mr Saukuru said all registered clubs usually take part in rugby, rugby league, netball and volleyball.

“However many of the villages and communities, in both rural and urban have begun to request for other sports such as badminton, boxing, weightlifting, futsal, swimming, outrigger canoeing, Aussie Rules, judo, zumber, cricket, and squash.”