NADI-based bodybuilder Hamen Annand has pulled out of the Fiji team to the Oceania Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga, Cook Island, citing personal reasons.
The news came as a blessing in disguise for newly crowned Mr Suva Onisivoro Koroi.
Koroi, who trains at the Charman's Gym, says he is ready for the challenge.
The 30-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2007 Oceania Championship in Samoa.
Koroi is confident to lift his performance to another level.
"I am thankful for this opportunity to replace Hamen, I am surprised to be picked but I am ready for this challenge. It will not be easy, I have already won a bronze in 2007, I will not rely on that performance. I am willing to go and give my best performance for my country in Cook Islands," Koroi said.
Chaman's gym instructor Patrick Fenn said Koroi had enough time on his side to prepare for the Oceania event.
"I will work very closely with Onisivoro now till the time he goes."
"I am just urging the old members of Chaman's gym if they can help us fundraise for Koroi's travel. We need about $3000 for his travel and if anyone is interested, they can just contact me on 9303644 or 3311947," Fenn said.
The Oceania event is scheduled on November 10-11.
Fiji team: Over 90kg Voniriti Radua, U90kg Kevu Dilialevu, U85kg Ben Saqata, U80kg Onisivoro Koroi, U75kg Lewaitasi Biliwaqa, U65kg Param Sivam, Women's category Maryann Ma'afu Moss.