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24th March

U.N.-backed Semenya optimistic of CAS success in battle with IAAF

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Double Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya is “optimistic” of success in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over eligibility regulations in athletics for female classification. The International...

Russian race walker to be stripped of medals over doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian race walker Aleksandr Ivanov has been disqualified for three years for doping and is set to be stripped of his gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, the Russian athletics federation said on Friday. Ivanov will lose all the medals he won between June 2012 and August 2014, the...

23rd March

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper defends title

GIANTS and neighbouring schools Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School have succeeded in defending their crowns during the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Boys champions Natabua secured a total of 33 gold medals in the boys’ division while Jasper won 40 gold medals. Saint Thomas High School...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Three records set

THREE records have been set at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. Natabua’s Tiko Batibasaga broke a 22-year-old senior boys shot put record with a throw of 13.92m The old record of 13.59m was set in 1997. Jasper Williams High School jumper Adi Matevakatini set a new record of 11.12m in the senior girls’ triple...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Easy win for Mudreilagi

NATABUA High School sprint king Nemani Mudreilagi easily won the senior boys 200m final to be crowned the fastest schoolboy at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. The Raiwaqa native of Nadroga who also won the blue ribbon event recorded 22 .41sec at the 200m final today. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday...

Coca-Cola Kadavu Zone: Vunisea on top spot

THE cold and rain did nothing to douse spirits as schools on the island of Kadavu greeted the 2019 Coca-Cola Kadavu Zone competition. Students braved the slight drizzle during the opening ceremony parade where chief guest Anare Tawake challenged students on the values of team spirit, bonding and positive mental attitude. “These values that motivates...

22nd March

Kadavu Zone: Vunisea defends title

VUNISEA Secondary School defended its title at the Kadavu Secondary Schools Athletics Zone competition which ended yesterday. The government school scooped both the boys and girls divisions and was also crowned the overall zone champion taking home a total of 34 gold, 37 silver and 28 bronze medal. Kadavu Provincial Secondary School came in second...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua, Jasper dominate day one

NATABUA High School and Jasper Williams High School dominated the first day of the Coca Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Churchill Park yesterday. Jasper leads the medal tally in the girls division 18 gold 10 silver and six bronze while Natabua finished second with two gold and five bronze. Vishnu Deo Memorial School upset...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: 10-member medics team, med students on standby

THE 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament medical team aims to provide the best medical assistance for the players with its 88-member staff covering the entire premises at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The event director for medics, Bill Mar, said their priority was the safety of the tournament and he believed his team had...

Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone: St Thomas appears on the tally

SAINT Thomas High School is slowly making its way up in the boys’ division for the first day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. The school has already won two gold medals and is placed second behind defending champion Natabua on the overall medal tally. Natabua retains its...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper leads day one

NATABUA and Jasper Williams High Schools have won two gold medals each early in the first day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka/Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park. Natabua has won 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals while Jasper has 2 gold and 1 bronze. Lautoka Muslim is on third spot with one gold....

Jittu boxers ready to fight for a spot in the Fiji team

BOXERS from the Jittu Boxing Club are ready to fight their way into the Fiji team at the Amateur Boxing competition that will be held today at the Police Special Response Unit compound in Nasinu. “It has been a while but we are back now and my boys are ready to stamp their mark,” said...

Pacific Games Council keen to keep Mini Games in CNMI

SAIPAN, 21 MARCH 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Pacific Games Council remains hopeful the Northern Marianas can still host the 2021 Mini Games, despite the Governor announcing they would pull out due to the destruction brought by Super Typhoon Yutu. Ralph Torres said the Category 5 super typhoon in October had strained the CNMI’s coffers...

21st March

Osaka faces lawsuit questions on Miami homecoming

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka arrived at the Miami Open on Wednesday to face questions about a multi-million dollar lawsuit for allegedly failing to honour a contract with a former coach. According to the lawsuit filed in Florida’s state court on Feb. 7 and seen by Reuters, Christophe Jean says he began...

Illness hits Australian camp ahead of Pakistan series

(Reuters) – Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell may be rested from the first one-day international against Pakistan as the tourists recover from a stomach bug that has hit the team in the United Arab Emirates. Maxwell missed training on Wednesday, two days ahead of Friday’s opener in Sharjah. Spinner Nathan Lyon also missed training on Tuesday...

British weightlifter Webster gets additional three-year ban

(Reuters) – British weightlifter Sonny Webster was given an additional three-year ban from all sport for coaching three athletes during his period of ineligibility, which was in breach of anti-doping rules, United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Wednesday. Webster, 25, had accepted a four-year ban in December 2017 after he tested positive for banned substance...

Ovalau Zone: St Johns College retains title

DEFENDING champions Saint Johns College managed to retain their title as overall winners of the Coca-Cola Ovalau Zone competition with a total of 51 gold, 39 silver and 40 bronze medals in both the girls and boys division. In the girls division, they scooped a total of 21 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze  medals,...

Ovalau Zone: Lewamavola targets gold at the Coke Games

GAU Secondary School senior boys 1500m gold medalist Tobua Lewamavola was lost for words at the Coca-Cola Ovalau Zone meet in St John’s College, Levuka today. This was the first time for Lewamavola to compete against top schools in the zone level meets. “I am proud to be able to win a gold medal for...

Team Fiji chef de mission to the Commonwealth Games Patrick Bower at the Team Fiji 'tatau' at Borron House last week. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Team Fiji looks forward to July

APIA, 21 MARCH 2019 (PACIFIC GAMES OFFICE) – Having the Games Village for the XVI Pacific Games at Faleula is proving to be a popular choice for many countries. Patrick Bower is the Chef De Mission from Fiji Islands. As a CDM, he’s responsible for the welfare of his team and he’s impressed by Faleula....

Top officials happy with Fiji’s preparation

INTERNATIONAL Weightlifting Federation director general Attila Adamfi and IWF competitions manager Matyas Lencser have completed a three-day technical visit of Suva ahead of the upcoming Junior World Championship which will be held in June. They have met with various stakeholders and have seen the progress that is currently being made to host an event of...

20th March

Fiji awarded wildcard for the U12 Baseball World Cup

THE World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has unveiled the competing national teams, including the wildcard, and the opening-round groups for the 2019 Under-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan in Chinese Taipei. The WBSC awarded Fiji the lone wildcard into the fifth edition of the event, marking the country’s first-ever entry. The South Pacific nation will...

Table tennis trio qualify for ITTF Oceania meet

THREE Fijian players have qualified for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Oceania Cup to be held in May. Olympian Sally Yee is the top seed in the women’s category which has players from Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia. Sally’s sister, Grace Yee is the third ranked player in the event. In the men’s...

Strict rules for event

STRICT guidelines will be regulated during the Phil’s Autoport North West Billiards and Snooker Association (NWBSA) inaugural rankings championship to maintain professionalism in the sport. The first NWBSA rankings championship will start in Lautoka this Friday. Full dress code will apply from round one of the competition with long sleeve shirt, long pants (trousers) and...

18th March

Special Olympics: Team Fiji bags three more medals

THREE more medal wins by Team Fiji  has seen them with an overall medal count of seven medals won at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Open water swimmer Aca Kurumi won Fiji’s third gold medal in the men’s 1500 metre open water event. Poasa Gonemaituba managed a bronze medal for table tennis...

Promoter happy boxing given green light

SOUTH Pacific Boxing promotion has signed Rahul Kumar and Shamal Ram Anuj to battle for the new Boxing Commission of Fiji bantamweight belt scheduled next month. The title contest will be a supporting bout to the much anticipated super welterweight BCF title contest between Sebastian Singh and Ratu Rakuro Dauvavana. The fight was sanctioned by...

17th March

Special Olympics: Four medals in the bag for Team Fiji

THE Special Olympics Fiji team has already achieved a milestone at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi having two gold medals and two silver medals in the bag with just two days of competition completed. Robert Ciril Rabaka 17, won Fiji’s first gold medal in the men’s 50 metres freestyle swimming event while...

Nadal pulls out with injury before Federer semi-final

(Reuters) – Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday with a knee injury, shortly before his eagerly-awaited semi-final clash with great rival Roger Federer. Federer, bidding for his 101st career title and a record sixth Indian Wells crown, received a walkover into the final, where he will play Dominic Thiem, a 7-6(3)...

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