Sports remittances boost economy: Fiji PM

Sports contribute $100 million (US$53 million) annually to the Fijian economy, confirmed Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the revelation Friday while speaking as the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards chief guest at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.   The Prime Minister said sports had been one of the biggest income-generators for Fiji.   This is…

U19 fundraising event date set

 The date for the first fundraising event hosted to help send the Solomon Islands national men’s U19 squad for the World Cup qualifiers has been set for March 8. This was confirmed by the newly appointed fundraising committee over the weekend. According a pamphlet issued by the committee, the event will start at 7pm to…

Port Moresby embraces mascot Tura

THE 2015 Games Mascot, “Kokomo, The Tura” was welcomed to the city of Port Moresby at the Jack Pidik Park on Friday. Tura means friend in the motu language and it signifies the friendship and unity through the Pacific in Papua New Guinea during the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. The mascot was unveiled…

Ryan wants local players

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is opting for local players to represent the country at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Speaking at the Turtle Vodafone Nacula 7s tournament Saturday, Ryan said there was a need to generate more talented players to replace those that had been snatched by overseas rugby clubs. Unlike in previous…

Suva keeps league lead

THE Gurjeet Singh-coached Suva team stretched its winning streak to six matches in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League after beating Nadi 1-0 at Prince Charles Park Saturday. Waisake Navunigasau proved to be the hero for the Whites scoring the lone goal in the 41st minute. The Nadi defenders stood watching as the ball…

Weightlifting dominates

JUST like last year, Weightlifting Fiji once again dominated the awards count at the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards on Friday night. The federation won three awards — Coach of the Year going to Joe Vueti, Organisation of the Year and Young Female Athlete of the Year won by Ulina Sagone. Last year Weightlifting Fiji received…

Triathlon successfully staged

Triathlon competition got underway for 2014 in good conditions on Saturday at Kakambona Beach. A total of 36 people competed. Youth athlete Boris Teddy, who is in serious training for international competition later in the year, came through to take out the Triathlon Sprint in a very good time of 1 hour 8 minutes and…

SOLOMON AIRLINES TO EXPECT TOUGH CHALLENGE

Solomon Airlines may be rejoicing having won the Dreamline Car Rentals Inter Company weekly challenge last week but they can expect a tough challenge when defending their crown at tonight’s competitions. After defeating the highly rated Solomon Telekom last Monday the Flysolomons team will want to prove that their victory was by no means a…

Local reporter for Youth Olympics

Solomon Islands young news reporter, Ernest Pongi Ta’asi has been selected for the Young Reporters Programme which will be held during the Nanjing 2014Youth Olympic Games in China this year. Young Ta’asi was confirmed following nominations made through the NOCSI office in Honiara. According to the list released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last…