December 2, 2016 6:28 am

Chinese university offers 3 sports scholarships for 2017

The Beijing Sports University has offered three places for Fijian students to study at the university in the 2017 academic year. This follows a meeting between the President of Beijing Sports University, Professor Chi Jian and the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, at the University on this week. “Our discussion at the […]

The Beijing Sports University has offered three places for Fijian students to study at the university in the 2017 academic year.

This follows a meeting between the President of Beijing Sports University, Professor Chi Jian and the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, at the University on this week.

“Our discussion at the University was based on sports exchange programs and the programs offered at the University,” said Minister Tuitubou.

“The Ministry and the Fijian Embassy in Beijing will follow up on the offer and ensure that it materialises and that we apply for scholarships to support our students.”

Minister  Tuitubou also met his Chinese counterpart, Hon. Gou Zhongwen where they discussed areas of common interest.

“Fiji’s Ministry of Youth and Sports signed an MOU on Sports Cooperation with the People’s Republic of China in 2015 and has undertaken extensive consultation in drawing up a Plan of Action for the implementation of the MOU,” said Minister Tuitubou.

Minister Tuitubou informed his Chinese counterpart that “the MOU aims to develop sports excellence through training and equipment support as well as competition for elite athletes” through the partnership.

“The MOU wishes to establish a platform that supports sport for all which includes infrastructure, equipment and coaching support at school and community level and through sport visits and exchanges and more importantly to raise the overall standards and enhancement of the professional development of sports, skills and capabilities of coaches and administrators through fellowships and scholarships in sports science and leadership domains,” said Minister Tuitubou.

Minister for Sports for the People’s Republic of China, Hon. Gou said that “China cherishes the friendship with Fiji and sees opportunities for mutual cooperation and exchange and also looks forward to the implementation of the MOU.”

“I see that there is a growing popularity of sevens rugby in China and we hope to see exchanges of coaches and players in the sports,” said Hon. Gou.

Hon. Gou has also suggested sending China’s youth rugby 7s team to train and play in Fiji and also will welcome athletes from a number of sports to train in China.