Athletes urged to give their best

ATHLETES affected by the recent floods have been urged to give their best for the upcoming Coca-Cola Games and to bring smiles to the faces of their loved ones.

Most athletes in the Western Division had their preparation disrupted by the floods as most had their homes and school damaged.

Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji marketing manager Lawrence Tikaram said these athletes had been challenged to defy all odds and stamp their mark during the competition.

“The Coca-Cola Games is by far Fiji’s biggest sporting event —— owned by Fijians, inspired by Fijians and run by Fijians and we should be proud for that,” he said.

“There is no event that I know around the world that takes precedent to this hence it comes to show the aspiration of the athletes.

“These athletes have trained for many months and have faced the hurdle because of the weather in the past three weeks. So this is your moment of truth to rise and shine as true Fijians.

“We must show adversity in difficult times as it is an important part of the Coca-Cola Games. You will always have the support of your friends and families and the old scholars in Fiji and around the world. For those athletes affected we want to say to you this is your moment of truth to come and shine, show them that above adversity you can rise and shine and come and make this games as one of the best games ever.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association general secretary Vuli Waqa said 51 schools would take part at next week’s Fiji Finals.

“No schools has pulled out and we will be having approximately the same numbers as of last year,” he added.

The games will be held at the ANZ Stadium on April 19 – 21.