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21-yr-old bodybuilder awarded Pacific Games bronze medal

National bodybuilding representative, Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua, 21, was handed the 2015 Pacific Games bronze medal at FASANOC yesterday.  This happened after the Pacific Games Council stripped off the silver medal from Stanley Broneau of Tahiti who tested positive for traces of five banned substances during the men’s 90kg bodybuilding competition in Papua New Guinea. As a result, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 5, 2016 12:06 pm

National bodybuilding representative, Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua, 21, was handed the 2015 Pacific Games bronze medal at FASANOC yesterday. 

This happened after the Pacific Games Council stripped off the silver medal from Stanley Broneau of Tahiti who tested positive for traces of five banned substances during the men’s 90kg bodybuilding competition in Papua New Guinea.

National bodybuilding rep, Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua. (Fox Sports Pulse)
National bodybuilding rep, Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua. (Fox Sports Pulse)

As a result, PNG’s Donald Kaiwai was elevated from bronze medal winner to the silver medal, while Yanuyanudrua, who had finished fourth in the competition, was awarded the bronze medal.

Fiji Bodybuilding Association President, Mr. John Lee said that the Association was not aware of the announcement until the CEO of the Fiji Olympic Committee informed him.

We didn’t  know until the CEO of the Fiji Olympic Committee, Lorraine Mar informed us that Jekesoni was awarded the medal because the Tahitian fellow was disqualified.

The first second and third was tested immediately after the placing, they immediately walked out and they go for a test and if they find positive from there and than they’ll send another one. Because there’s two tube, if they one positive they’ll send the other one for confirmation.

Mr. Lee was delighted that another medal will be added  to the Fiji Bodybuilding Team and also to the overall team Fiji and Jekesoni trained very hard for it.

You know he deserve to have a medal because he trained very hard for it and it unfortunate you know that he wasn’t given the right to stand at the podium, its just one of a personal thing that an athelete always looks forward to. You know to have your flag and stand infront and being presented the medal.

They have been training consistently and that is one of the selection criteria that the athlete federation has put on all if they wanted to compete at PNG Pacific Games. They must consistently train and they should be placed first second or third in all competition we put up, till the final selection. Thats how he got picked.

The next Pacific Games will be held in the Kingdom of Tonga in 2019.

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