Sports News in Brief
THE Lautoka Rugby Union will kick start its round two club competition today with Batiri making a comeback in the premier division after many years. LRU games committee chairman Suka Rabitu said Batiri was one of the oldest clubs under the Sugar City. He said the side moved up at the expense of the former champion club Topline One which was demoted to the second division after round one. Rabitu said the premier division semi- finals would be held this afternoon. "The semi-finals and finals will only be played in the premier division," Rabtu said. "There is automatic promotion and relegation for the other divisions."
FOUR Nigerian players bound for Fiji have been forced to reschedule their travel plans after failing to obtain proper documentation to enter the country. The players had arrived in Hong Kong last week but could not board their flight to Nadi as they did not have clearance from the Fiji Immigration Department. The four players have been offered a three month trail with Lautoka. They include Ekure Sylvester, Onyeka Naamdi, Morka Chika Cross and Oparaemetuche Kenneth Onyema. All four players are now expected to arrive in the country tomorrowon.
THE Blue Mountains Grammar School from Australia is on a two week tour of the country. The side played Penang Sangam School of Rakiraki in netball and soccer earlier this week going down to the hosts in both sports. The visitors took on Pundit Vishnu Deo of Lautoka yesterday and are scheduled to face Nadi Sangam College, Shri Vivekananda College and Korovutu College next week. Blue Mountains Grammar School staff member Praveen Singh said they had brought across 38 students. Singh said this was their second tour to Fiji. "There are four staff members accompanying the students," Singh said. "We toured here in 2010. Nadi College also wants to play us but we will have to see our schedule and also the weather is a bit too hot. The visitors fly back on July 7.
THE Lautoka Football Association has been forced to postpone its local league competition until further notice. This move comes after the referees refused to officiate the match of a particular club tomorrow. LFA president Shalendra Prasad said no local league matches would be held until the impasse was resolved.
There will be an organised fun run in Nadi today. The fun run will be held at Korovuto College in Nadi. Entry is free and registration is open till 7.30am this morning. Those who wish to enter the race can contact Kumar on 9402 188 or Bimlesh Kumar on 936 2814. The race begins at 8am. The Jet Runners has organised a fun run to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.