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Send them abroad

Elenoa Baselala
Saturday, April 28, 2012

ATHLETES should be given an opportunity to train overseas to maximise their potential.

Former Coca-Cola Games and South Pacific 400m champion, Niko Verekauta made the comment after briefly watching the competition today. Verekauta said the standard of competition had greatly improved.

"But most of these athletes, their career ends here," he said.

He added that the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association could assist the national body by providing scholarships for example. Verekauta added that the national body had funding challenges.

"These athletes could improve by training overseas otherwise this is where they end," he said.

Verekauta is now a member of the national sevens rugby team that is in camp for the IRB London Sevens series.

He encouraged secondary school athletes to pursue their dreams in sports.

"If you are an athlete, you can play any sport," he said.

The sevens team was at the stadium briefly to watch the games.

They were also caught up in the Fiji Finals spirit, each cheering for their ex schools.

Despite having another appointment, the team was hopeful to be back to watch the event.