Athletics

Rodan challenges athletes to do their best

Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan has challenged athletes participating in the 2016 Oceania Melanesian Championships to strive for their best when they take on the tracks tomorrow. Mr Rodan made the official note during the opening of the 2016 Oceania Melanesian Championships at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. Mr Rodan also thanked the participating […]

Luke Nacei

July 6, 2016 7:10 pm

Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan has challenged athletes participating in the 2016 Oceania Melanesian Championships to strive for their best when they take on the tracks tomorrow.

Team Fiji athletes at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today afternoon. (Luke Nacei/Newsiwre)
Team Fiji athletes with Tongan athletes at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. (Luke Nacei/Newsiwre)

Mr Rodan made the official note during the opening of the 2016 Oceania Melanesian Championships at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon.

Mr Rodan also thanked the participating teams for making an effort to compete in the championship tomorrow.

RODAN: “I challenge you all to do your best and wish you all the best of luck make the best of your opportunity. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to Fiji. Its been 18 years since we last hosted the Melanesian Championship.”

He said that some of the athletes will be vying for a spot at Rio Olympics.

RODAN: “I know that some of you are here to qualify for Rio Olympics in that result. Over 700 athletes and officials in total which is bigger than any other regional games. It takes many hours sleepless nights, sacrifices and determination to ensure that you will be able to enjoy greater competition over the next few days.”

Meanwhile, Minster for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou wished the teams well ahead of the competition.

TUITUBOU: “Its an honor to welcome you all here for the Melanesian Athletic championship. I wish you all the very best for all competing athletes. It is a special achievement to be hosting a number of special events this year.”

There are 13 nations and 700 athletes and officials would be participating in the biggest athletics championship held in Fiji since the Pacific Games in 2003.

The championship starts tomorrow.

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