THE annual Fiji Special Schools Paralympic Games will be held in Savusavu next year.
Organisers were planning to take the event to Vanua Levu for the first time in 20 years this month but retracted their decision.
Fiji Paralympic Committee senior sports development officer Saimoni Nainoca told Times Sport the games were to be held later this month in Savusavu but will now be held in Nadi.
"There were two major reasons why we pulled out of going to Vanua Levu, the first is the risk of taking so many children on such a trip," he said.
"The second is that there will be the national games for children in Nadi in November and we can take the Viti Levu children to that event and the children from Vanua Levu will be brought over to Nadi," he said.
But he said the plan to take the games to Vanua Levu had not been totally dismissed.
"We will take the games to Savusavu next year and this is because we don't want to keep the competition confined to the urban centres.
"In the past we have held the games in Sigatoka, in Lautoka but never in Vanua Levu.
"Every time there is a competition only the athletes come over here but we want to take the competition to them so everyone there can witness it," he said.
Nainoca said the national Paralympic Games for adults will be held in December.