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Concerns over healthcare, water, venues: Ballu raises Games issues.

TEAM Fiji’s chef de mission Ajay Ballu says healthcare, water access and quality, and whether venues will be ready are among issues raised with organisers of the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Ballu...

Kolinisau guides China in

OLYMPIC gold medallist and former Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau coached the China women’s team to victory in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series at the Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club in the United Arab Emirates. With the help of another former Fiji 7s captain Setefano Cakau, Kolinisau’s China side beat Japan 21-14 in the final....

Coach aware of 7s task

THE Fiji men’s 7s side has its work cut out as they prepare for this weekend’s Dubai tournament. Coach Ben Gollings is aware of the task on hand and has eyed out areas of weakness which the team has been working on. “The big issue is the game management, management of those important periods of...

Naciqa, Rakuro lose bouts

FIJIAN professional boxers Apisai Naciqa and Ratu Rakuro lost their bouts against Samoan opponents in Samoa over the weekend. According to a report by the Samoan Observer, Naciqa lost via a technical knockout to Plodzicki Faoagali. Rakuro went the distance but lost on points to Marion Ah Tong. Both Faoagali and Ah Tong were taking...

Dobui makes plea with youth

FORMER Fiji 7s player Jonetani Dobui has urged youths to work hard and always listen to advice given if they want to make it to national level rugby. The police officer who hails from Muani Village on Kadavu is based on Taveuni. He was part of the police team that was posted to the 15th...

Uluilakepa praises pathway

FIJIAN Drua prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa believes the Fijian Drua concept is the pathway to get into the Flying Fijians team. The 23-year-old New Zealand-born said to put your hands up for the Flying Fijians team is the correct path. “The goal is to push for international matches, especially the Rugby World Cup coming up next...

Development squad to play in provincial games.

MEMBERS of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua development squad will be allowed to play in the Skipper Cup competition for their affiliated provincial rugby unions. While unveiling their squad for the 2023 season at their Home Base in Nadi on Monday, the franchise also announced the players in the 12-member squad. The development players include...

Big T sets Super Rugby target

FIJIAN Drua player Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta has set himself a goal next year to represent the Flying Fijians at the Rugby World Cup in France. The 24-year-old, who plays for the Tasman Mako in the New Zealand provincial championship, is putting in the hard yards with the Drua in pre-season training for the start of...

‘Drua better prepare’

SWIRE Shipping Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne says players are in a far better shape this time around in comparison to last year heading into the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific tournament. The Drua will kick off their Super Rugby campaign Against Moana Pasifika at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand,...

The ‘Bapa’ of Fiji’s football heroes

THOSE who have been following Fiji football for quite some time would have at some point heard of the great Chandra Dip Sharma. One of the greatest pioneers of football in Fiji. He, however, was not a player, but a manager, vice-president and president of well established football institutes in Fiji. Football fans who have...

ACE champs visit villagers

FASANOC’s Athletes and Communities Engagement (ACE) community outreach program in partnership with Nayavu Health Centre and Tailevu Sub Division medical team continued its outreach activities at Naituvatuva Village in Tailevu and Nalidi Village in Ra last week. Separated by a drain, both villages had more than 300 participants including students from Turagarua Primary School take...

Ex-England player Barnes slams critics of World Cup hosts Qatar

(Reuters) – Former England international John Barnes slammed critics who have questioned World Cup hosts Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, saying detractors of the country had turned a blind eye to their progress on human rights. Qatar, which was awarded hosting rights for the World Cup in 2010, has faced intense criticism from human rights...

Fans brace for politically charged U.S.-Iran match at World Cup

DOHA (Reuters) – Diplomatic foes the United States and Iran face off on the pitch at the World Cup on Tuesday in a match that some Iranians fear may see further run-ins with stadium security or clashes with pro-government fans over raging protests back home. The contest between the two nations that severed ties over...

Tiger withdraws from Hero World Challenge with foot injury

Tiger Woods on Monday announced he will not compete at this week’s Hero World Challenge due to a foot injury that is making it difficult for him to walk but said he still plans to compete at two events in December. Woods, who turns 47 next month and has not competed since missing the cut...

My first goal could have been Ronaldo’s, says Portugal’s Fernandes

LUSAIL, Qatar, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes said a goal awarded to him – the first of his two in a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday – might in fact have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, but what mattered was securing Portugal’s place in the World Cup’s next phase. Fernandes was...

Juventus Chairman Agnelli resigns with entire board

MILAN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The board of Juventus (JUVE.MI), chaired by Andrea Agnelli, has resigned “in the best interest of the company,” the Italian Serie A soccer team said on Monday. The collective resignation comes after Juventus’ financial statements received scrutiny from prosecutors and Italian market regulator Consob in recent months for alleged false accounting...

Loss to Ghana ‘totally unfair’ – South Korea assistant coach

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 28 (Reuters) – South Korea assistant coach Sergio Costa said Monday’s 3-2 defeat by Ghana was an unfair result for the Asian side, whose World Cup campaign is stalling with the team rooted to the bottom of Group H. Cho Gue-sung’s brace was not enough for South Korea to pull off...

Browns return Watson to roster after suspension

Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Cleveland Browns returned quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has faced allegations of sexually assaulting women, to their 53-man roster on Monday after an 11-game suspension without pay for violating the National Football League’s personal conduct policy. Watson, a three-times Pro Bowl selection, is expected to start Sunday’s away game against his...

Australian Open’s revamped format ‘good for the game’ – Smith

(Reuters) – The Australian Open’s new format, in which the men’s and women’s tournaments will take place simultaneously, will be good for golf, world number three Cameron Smith said on Tuesday. The regional circuit’s most prestigious event returns in Melbourne this week after being cancelled twice during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held at...

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Pro League for Football: Fiji FA Plan to involve Six Franchises.

THE Fiji Football Association is hopeful it will be able to kick start a professional league by 2024. Teams to take part may include clubs from neighbouring Pacific nations. According to Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf, the initial proposal was for a professional league for local-based franchises but interest from other nations may see...

Awards for Suva Reps

THE (SPSSA) hosted an awards night last Wednesday for its players and to thank sponsors, parents and supporters for their contribution towards the teams. Association president Lawrence Lingam said SPSSA facilitated the development of grassroots soccer in Suva and after a break of two years because of COVID-19, the association was able to organise its...

Fij Pearls Hit the Sand Dunes ahead of tour

THE Fiji Pearls netball side is hitting the famous Sigatoka sand dunes once a week as they prepare to for the Nations Cup in Singapore. Netball Fiji CEO Vivian Koster said the visits to Sigatoka would help the team prepare for the intense matches. Fiji will play against Botswana, Ireland, Malaysia and two teams from...

Byrne Names Squads for 2023

THE Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has named five new players for the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific tournament which kicks off in February next year. The five new players announced in the 38-member squad include gold-medal winning Olympian and Rugby 7s World Cup winner Iosefo Masi, fellow 7s World Cup winner Elia Canakaivata,...

Talent Development League Ends

FOUR weekends of McDonald’s Talent Development League ended last weekend in the three zones. The pilot project was played in the West, South and North in the under-13 and under-15 grades. In the southern zone, Rewa Centre Team Two under-13 was crowned the champion after beating Rewa Centre Team One 1-0 in the final while...

Dutt Hails 3-Day Clinic

A THREE-DAY OFC/MA Grassroots Football Coaching Certificate course ended last Sunday at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Fiji FA coach educator Yogendra Dutt said the participants were from the southern zone. “We had around 17 participants who had the passion and love for football and wanted to pursue their career in coaching,” said...

Ba Women’s Team Win IDC Title

THE Ba Women’s team snatched the Digicel Women’s Inter District Championship 2022 title from Labasa in an entertaining final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Sunday. Labasa came into the final as favourites after walloping minnows Tailevu Naitasiri 12-0 in the first semi-final while the Women in Black defeated Rewa 2-1 in the second...

New Referees Complete Level 1 Course

THE Fiji Football Association has bolstered its match official ranks following an OFC Level 1 Referees Course held last week which saw 24 new referees become qualified. The course was run over three days with FFA referees director Rakesh Varman particularly pleased to see the number of young people and females taking part. “It shows...

President’s Five Rule

THE Fiji FA President’s Five were crowned the champions of the Futsal Invitational Cup 2022 after beating Suva 2-1 in the final at the Vodafone Arena in the Laucala Bay. Rajneel Chand scored the opener for the President’s Five while Vineet Nadan found the equaliser for Suva. Prashant Chand was the star for the President’s...

Ba Wins Cup: Begg Nails Winner for Men In Black

THE All in one Builders Ba FC has been crowned the champions of the 2022 All in One Cakes & Restaurant Pacific Community Cup after beating RC Manubhai / Esy Kool Nadi FC 1-0 in the final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Sunday. Youngster Nabil Begg scored the first-half screamer to give the...

Croatia Downs Canada 4-1

AL RAYYAN, Qatar — A bit of trash talk meant to inspire Canada instead motivated Croatia. Canada coach John Herdman had tried to boost his team following a loss to Belgium to open the team’s first World Cup appearance in 36 years — using colourful language that Croatia took exception to. The 2018 runners-up responded...

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