Finals get tough

THE 2018 Coca-Cola Games is expected to be tougher and competitive next month because of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Team Fiji student athletes to the games are expected to raise the standard of the annual games after returning from the Gold Coast competition which is scheduled to end on April 15.

The Coca-Cola Games will be from April 19-21 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association (FSSA) secretary Vuli Waqa said athletes from the games would be eligible to compete in the Fiji Finals even if they missed their school’s zonal competition.

“Commonwealth Games athletes who will miss out on their zone competition will qualify for the Coca-Cola Games,” Vuli said.

“Their performance in Australia will be taken to account since everybody needs to achieve the standard that we set. They will be judged on how they perform in Australia.

“The Commonwealth Games is bigger and our athletes will be able to perform better there than here, so I believe all of them will be able to qualify.”

Waqa said schools in the West would host the Coca-Cola Games in the future.

“There is no two ways about it. The West will host the games in the near future but it all depends on their logistics.

“This event is something our secondary school students, parents and schools look forward to every year. We are thankful to Coca-Cola for its support over the years.”