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Mass participation encouraged for national sports day

Youths and villagers in Cakaudrove and Bua have been encouraged to organise sporting activities during the National Sports Day holiday. Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou stressed this to youth clubs after meeting with youths while visiting them. TUITUBOU: “The upcoming National Sports Day is a means to promote the benefits of participating […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 23, 2016 11:30 am

Youths and villagers in Cakaudrove and Bua have been encouraged to organise sporting activities during the National Sports Day holiday.

Youths of Nayarabale Village with the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou (DEPFTO)
Youths of Nayarabale Village with the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou (DEPFTO)

Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou stressed this to youth clubs after meeting with youths while visiting them.

TUITUBOU: “The upcoming National Sports Day is a means to promote the benefits of participating actively in sporting and health activities.”

“Its main purpose is to spread the message of combatting non-communicable diseases and to celebrate the contribution of sports to the nation and community, so you are encouraged to participate as a community during this upcoming public holiday by organising sporting activities to ensure mass participation.”

The Youth and Sports Minister added since sports had significant social and economic impacts to the nation it was appropriate to celebrate it nationwide.

TUITUBOU: “Professional sports men and women who ply their trade overseas have contributed positively towards the country through remittances which is the country’s second highest revenue earner after tourism.

“We also know fully well the benefits of sports to you individually and us as a nation which is why we want you to join in during the National Sports Day in your respective communities next month.”

Senior sports officer Sitiveni Rokoro elaborated that this would be the second time the holiday would be celebrated in the country and that it would be an opportunity for communities to be aware of sports contribution to the nation.

ROKORO: “We are the only country in the Pacific that has such a public holiday set aside solely for the promotion of an active lifestyle and to increase awareness on the risks associated with non-communicable diseases which is the leading cause of deaths in the country.”

Youths were also informed that the Ministry could assist in sporting equipment as well as prizes for the National Sports Day.

The Ministry also handed over basic sports equipment to all youth clubs that were visited to promote physical and sports activities.

The National Sports Day will be celebrated on the 24th of June, 2016.

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