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Fijiana 7s players retained for world series

The Fijiana 7s side has maintained its core players who played in the Dubai 7s last month. Savusavu lass Verenaisi Bari and Nadroga first five-eighth Ivamere Nabura are the two new faces who have been...

Futsal IDC to go ahead

Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed the commencement of the local football season despite a directive from the Fiji National Sports Commission’s executive chairman Peter Mazey in collaboration with the Ministry of Health for holding future various sporting meets without any spectators until further notice. Pal said the first tournament on the...

Fiji FA adjusts 2022 football calendar; plans live TV telecast

The Digicel Premier League 2022 season will feature 10 teams when it kicks off on February 5-6. This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during a virtual meeting yesterday. Patel said after their council meeting via zoom many constructive decisions were made. “This way we have increased the number of matches even...

Prince Charles Park spared

Nadi Town Council acting chief executive officer Muni Reddy has dismissed fears of damage by the recent tropical disturbance 03F to Prince Charles Park. Reddy said the facility was not affected by the recent floods. “Nothing major except the normal clearing of debris left behind when the floodwaters receded,” Reddy said. “The sporting facility wasn’t...

Djokovic’s actions could weaken COVID-19 safety adherence – Australia govt lawyer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Lawyers argued over what impact Novak Djokovic would have on support for vaccination in Australia as the Federal Court was set to decide on Sunday whether or not the unvaccinated tennis superstar can stay and defend his Open title. Three Federal Court judges will decide the fate of the world number one tennis...

Djokovic ‘extremely disappointed’ with cancellation of visa

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said in a statement on Sunday that he was “extremely disappointed” with the decision to cancel his visa to enter Australia, but would cooperate with the authorities in relation to his departure from the country. The Serbian champion said he hoped the focus would now return...

Djokovic’s court defeat to shake up Australian Open draw

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A court decision to uphold the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa on Sunday has shaken up the Australian Open draw on the eve of the tournament, handing a boost to his rivals and adding intrigue to the race for the Grand Slam titles record. The world number one had been favourite to...

Absence of Djokovic to echo at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The absence of Novak Djokovic will be keenly felt at Melbourne Park on Monday as a lucky loser takes the place of a 20-times Grand Slam champion when the first round of the Australian Open gets underway. Djokovic had been scheduled to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the late match at...

Man City loss probably dashed Chelsea title hopes – Alonso

(Reuters) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso believes his side may have squandered their last chance to stay in the Premier League title race after they lost 1-0 to leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute strike lifted City to 56 points from 22 matches, 13 more than second-placed Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool, who have...

Australian federal court upholds cancellation of Djokovic’s Australian visa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian court upheld a government decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa on Sunday, ending the unvaccinated tennis superstar’s hopes of winning the Australian Open and racking up a record-breaking 21 men’s Grand Slam titles. Ruling on a case that has gripped Australia and the sporting world for more than a week,...

Australian Open order of play on Monday

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Order of play on the main showcourts on the first day of the Australian Open on Monday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding): ROD LAVER ARENA Tatjana Maria (Germany) v 5-Maria Sakkari (Greece) Camila Osorio (Colombia) v 13-Naomi Osaka (Japan) Not before 0300 GMT Marcos Giron (U.S.) v 6-Rafa...

16th January

Australia dismissed for 155, England set 271 victory target

(Reuters) – Australia were dismissed for 155 in their second innings after dinner on the third day of the day-night fifth Ashes test in Hobart on Sunday, setting England a victory target of 271. Paceman Mark Wood took a career best 6-37 for the tourists. Australia lead the series 3-0.

Corica looks for balance to get Sydney through fixture pile-up

(Reuters) – Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said he will look to strike a balance between rotating his squad and maintaining momentum amid a congested fixture schedule as the five-times champions bid to keep their two-pronged trophy challenge on track. Sydney were held 1-1 in the A-League by bottom side Brisbane Roar on Saturday as...

Third round would be good outcome for Raducanu in Melbourne, says Henin

(Reuters) – Winning a couple of matches at the Australian Open would be a good outcome for Britain’s teenage U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, according to former world number one Justine Henin. The 19-year-old Raducanu shot to stardom last September when, as a qualifier, she stormed to the title at Flushing Meadows, becoming Britain’s first...

Leaders Man City beat Chelsea, Coutinho scores on Villa debut

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City took a step closer to a fourth title in five seasons with a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea on Saturday, opening up a 13-point lead over the London club at the top. Philippe Coutinho enjoyed a dream debut for Aston Villa as he came off the...

Australia seal 4-0 triumph as feeble England collapse again

(Reuters) – Cameron Green led the way as Australia rode roughshod over England’s hopes of an Ashes victory by skittling the tourists for 124 in Hobart on Sunday evening to clinch the fifth test by 146 runs and seal a 4-0 series triumph. In the ascendant for the first time in the five matches when...

Djokovic’s absence from Australian Open loss for game – ATP

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A court decision on Sunday to uphold Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa cancellation was an end to a “deeply regrettable” series of events and the Serb’s exit from the Australian Open was a loss for the sport, men’s tennis governing body ATP has said. Australia was set to deport world number one tennis...

Baselala works towards dream; believes nothing is impossible with faith in God

“Nothing is impossible when you believe in God and yourself to achieve your dream.” Those were the words of 17-year-old Philip Baselala who hails from Solotavui, Kadavu. “I am blessed to be given the opportunity to wear the national jersey. I know the road doesn’t end there. My plan is to one day wear the...

Sevens transition: Gollings gets to know players and management

New national coach Ben Gollings has begun his slow transition into the Fiji 7s system. His first assignment was to communicate and share information with the people around him — players and the management team. He said his time with the team was a case of just observing the players as they had their routine...

Chand: No fans will affect professional boxing program

South Pacific Boxing Promotions has stated that it was not financially viable to proceed with their first professional boxing program in late January without fans apart from the safety and welfare of fighters, officials and the wider boxing fraternity. Promoter Freddy Chand said he would make immense losses if he was to hold the boxing event. “Absolutely, if...

Malake organisers call off tournament

The inaugural Fiji Bitter Malake 7s tournament scheduled next week in Rakiraki has been postponed to a later date. It becomes the latest casualty of sporting meets to suffer the same fate because of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Tournament media and marketing manager James Vunituraga said the event was cancelled because of the new “no...

Karatsev outclasses Murray to take Sydney title

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray’s quest for a first ATP title in over two years ended in defeat at the hands of top seed Aslan Karatsev at the Sydney Tennis Classic on Saturday, with the Russian easing his way to a 6-3 6-3 win. It was a third career title for...

Kohli gives up India test captaincy in surprise move

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Virat Kohli shocked Indian cricket on Saturday by abruptly resigning as the national side’s test captain, after leading the team to several memorable victories in his seven years in charge. The 33-year-old, India’s most successful test captain, took to Twitter to announce his decision a day after India’s 2-1 series defeat...

15th January

Detained Djokovic to fight Australian deportation in court

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic was due to hand himself in to immigration officers for detention on Saturday ahead of a court hearing in his battle to overturn new orders by the Australian government to remove him from the country. The world’s top-ranked tennis player was required to surrender to officials in Melbourne for an...

Fiji misses out on Malaga 7s in Spain; some players and management test positive for COVID

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has today confirmed that the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s teams will not be traveling to Spain for the Malaga 7s tonight as planned after a few players and management staff returned positive results as part of their 72 hours pre-departure compliance requirements tests. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor...

FNRL release names for pathway program

The Fiji National Rugby League has selected players for phase two of its elite pathway program. The FNRL said players in the Lautoka-Nadi zone are to contact Vela Tawake on telephone number 8071873 or Solo Ratu on 9215017. Sigatoka zone players are to contact Isimeli Kurisavulevu on 9043366 while Suva-Nasinu zone players are to contact...

Moana Pasifika – the pride of the Pacific

The Moana Pasifika rugby team, debutants with the Fijian Drua in the Super Rugby Pacific, is a team packed with Pacific pride when the inaugural season starts next month. Moana Pasifika head coach Aaron Mauger has included Fijian Timoci Tavatavanawai as an outside back alongside his power pack squad of players from Samoa and Tonga....

Blockbuster online events for Fijian weightlifters

Weightlifting Fiji is mapping out plans for its elite weightlifters for the coming sporting calendar which includes the Commonwealth Games. Head coach Henry Elder said the window for qualification to the games in Birmingham, England, would start with three important events. “The next preparation phase is another opportunity for the weightlifters to qualify to the...

Bula Boys team on track

The Fiji football team would be marching into camp on Monday at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba for the all-important Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Qualifiers in March 2022 in Qatar. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed the Bula Boys training camp schedule for two weeks which would be followed immediately by the...

China’s ‘father of skiing’ hopes games will attract more ordinary folks to the sport

BEIJING, Jan 14(Reuters) – Shan Zhaojian stretches his arms and legs to warm up as the 83-year-old prepares to ski down a mountain just outside China’s capital of Beijing. The bespectacled skier is technically retired, but thanks to his nickname as China’s “father of skiing”, he has been a prominent icon in the country’s campaign...

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