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Naulu chases Olympic place

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

JAPAN-based Fiji judo rep Josateki Naulu is looking at making his first ever Olympic Games appearance in London next year.

The 27-year-old Cakaudrove lad will have a golden opportunity to book a ticket to London if he makes it the top eight in his under 81 kilograms weight category at the World Judo Championship in France.

Naulu has competed in three world championships but still fails to qualify for any Olympic Games.

Naulu, Sisilia Rasokisoki and Nemani Takayawa will represent Fiji in France on August 23-28. The trio will leave our country tomorrow.

Naulu said he was yet to compete at any Olympic event.

"The plan is to qualify for the Olympic Games and at the same time it is a perfect build up to the Pacific Games."

"I have not qualified in my previous outing so if only I make the top eight in my weight category then I have no doubt that I could make the cut to London," Naulu said.

"This is a good chance for me to impress and qualify so I am looking forward to it,"he said.

National judo coach and former Fiji champion Nacanieli Takayawa said Fiji had prepared well for the world champs and also the upcoming Pacific Games in New Caledonia.

"This is a good build up for the athletes before the Pacific Games and it is a golden chance for them to qualify to London Olympic Games."

"We have prepared well and we are looking forward to the game," Takayawa said.





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