The Team Fiji contingent leaves for the Northern Mariana Islands today to take part in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games.
The team leaves a lot of hopes as athletes take part in the first major regional meet after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Fiji in 2020.
Team Fiji chef de mission Ajay Ballu said all athletes’ levies had been paid and the team was ready.
“We had to put levy on individual athletes and am happy to say that all athletes paid their levies in full and the team is ready to travel,” Ballu said.
“We did have to extend the time frame for the due date of the levy but the respective national federations managed to work with athletes to fulfill this.”
He said the Fijian contingent was not going on a holiday trip and was serious about the results from the games.
“We go into any competition to win and our aim is to win as many gold medals as possible. We know we have some very capable athletes and I’m sure they will do us proud when the games begin.”
Fiji won 23 gold medals at the last Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in 2017 to finish third on the standings while they managed a mere nine gold medals at the 2013 games in New Caledonia to finish fourth on the table.
The 2022 Pacific Mini Games begin next Friday and will run till June 25.
You can watch the full video interview with Ballu here: