Big number for athletics - Solomon Star News

Big number for athletics

19 January 2015

Twenty five athletics will represent the country in the upcoming 15th South Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea schedule for July 4-18.

This is a big number for the Athletics Solomon to prepare the squad within the 165 days.

President of the Athletics Solomon and President of National Olympic Committee Martin Rara admitted that they have a big task ahead to do when looking at the big number of athletes allocated for them.

He said to kick of their preparation they will clean up their training venue at King George six sport field this weekend.

He said once the venue is clean up they will gather all the athletes together and start putting on seriously trainings to select best runners for the squad.

He said at the stage only long distance runners are doing road walk training along the Honiara main highway because of the condition of the field.

He said only few athletes are doing their joggings at King George six field but they have to run along only on the clean areas.

Mr Rara said several new long distance and sprinters are expecting to be selected into the final squad especially for the relay team.

He said for the men’s long distance runners they will rely on Hendry Mabe, Chris Lency, Chris Votu, Rosefelo Siosi and new uprising long distance runner Benjamin Doke of Malaita.

For the women’s long distance runner he said, they will rely on Sharon Ferisua and Diana Matekali and youngest runner Mary Sodorongo.

For the sprinters Mr Rara said they will look at Francis Maneuri, Baso Kelesi, Kevin Pio, Adison Alfred, George Manebona and Chris Walasi.

Meanwhile Mr Rara calls on all athletes to help out in cleaning the field track at KGVI this weekend.

By Charles Kadamana