VETERAN netball administrator Alini Sovu has been named the Team Fiji Chef de Mission to the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna from September 2 to 12.
Announcing the appointment, Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Vidhya Lakhan said Sovu was no stranger to sports administration, having previously served in various positions with Team Fiji and other sporting organisations.
Sovu, who was the Team Fiji general manager to the 2011 Pacific Games, is ready for the challenge.
She is the third woman to hold the Chef de Mission's position with Sophia Raddock (Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games in 1994) and Glynis Miller (Olympic Youth team to the Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010) having served under the post previously.
"It's a huge challenge given to me. I know the responsibilities that I need to take on in accepting this post," Sovu said.
"I promise to do my very best in looking after the Team Fiji preparation and participation come September next year."
Lakhan said FASANOC would now put together an administrative support and management team to assist the Chef de Mission in preparing Fiji's participation at the Mini Games.
Fiji will participate in all eight sports, which includes athletics, beach volleyball, rugby 7s (men only), sailing, tae kwon do, va'a canoeing, volleyball and weightlifting.
Lakhan said they were looking at a maximum of 133 athletes representing the nation at the Mini Games.
A total of 219 athletes participated in 15 sports at the last Pacific Mini Games held in Cook Islands in 2009.
Fiji returned victorious from Cooks after topping the medal tally with 32 gold, 26 silver and 20 bronze medals.