FIFA kick-starts overhauled development programme

OFC: The FIFA Development Committee, chaired by FIFA vice-president and AFC President Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, met in Zurich on Thursday and started putting in motion Forward, FIFA’s overhauled development programme. Member Associations and confederations can now apply for development funds under the Forward programme, which aims to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for…

Duo withdraw from Rio Olympic

AAP: AUSTRALIA’S Olympic team has been hit with a double blow, with Lleyton Hewitt and gun cyclist Simon Gerrans withdrawing from the Games. Hewitt has opted out of his role as Australian men’s tennis team coach in Rio. Tennis Australia has applied to the Australian Olympic Committee to replace Hewitt with Mark Draper, with the…

Tiki Toa to take on Japan

OFC: Tahiti’s national beach soccer team are set to test their skills against the might of Japan in September when the two nations meet for a series of friendlies at Akashi Okura beach in Hyogo. It will be the first official match for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup runners-up since losing the final…

Fiji riding wave of success

Fijian football has never seen a period like it. By this time next month, Fiji will have added a maiden appearance at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament to last year’s successful debut at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Throw in a strong showing thus far in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying,…

PNG netball names U21 squad

Port Moresby (The National) – THE national selectors announced a train-on squad for the Papua New Guinea Under-21 netball team to compete at the Oceania qualifiers. The qualifiers are in September in New Zealand for the World Youth Cup hosted by Botswana from July 8-16, next year. The players, who were selected from the national…

Rio wild card

Suva (Fiji Times) – MAKERETA Naulu has more to be grateful for after the completion of the Melanesian Athletics Championships after her name has been entered as a special wild card submission for the Rio Olympics. Naulu said she had filled the required forms after her time of 11.94 seconds in the 100 metres on…

Vanuatu volleyballers win again

RNZI – Vanuatu have continued their winning start at the beach volleyball World Continental Cup finals in Russia. The country’s top pairing of Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata defeated Colombia’s Diana Rio and Yuli Ayala 21-8 21-10. However Vanuatu’s second team of Loti Joe and Sherysyn Toko were again beaten in straight sets, against Colombia’s…

Firisia confirms Olympic spot

(FIJI TIMES) – Solomon Islands female athlete Sharon Firisia has sealed her Rio wild card spot with a gold medal in the women’s 5000m run. Firisia said while the time recorded was far from her personal best she was content with the gold medal. “I am so happy but not with the time because the…