FIJI made a last minute decision to pull out of the World Powerlifting Masters Championship last week. Fiji had earlier registered to be part of the event but was forced to pull out because of financial difficulties. Times Sport understands that the three powerlifters had been training and were focused on the championship. However, the trio were also awaiting funds from their sponsors. Fiji also did not take part at last year's event.
Fiji vs PNG golf
THE first ever Pearl Prime Ministers Golf Challenge between Fiji and Papua New Guinea will be held at the Pearl South Pacific golf course in Pacific Harbour tomorrow. The event features the two countries' top government officials and diplomats in an inaugural friendly golf challenge. Team Fiji will be led by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau while Team PNG is led by its Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill.
FIJI Powerlifting will conduct a trial next Saturday to select a team to the Oceania Championship in Sydney in December. Fiji will send 10 athletes and the trials will be a prime opportunity for athletes to impress for a chance to represent Fiji. Veteran lifter Sainimili Turner said upcoming young athletes had the potential to beat experienced athletes at the trials. "I think everyone gets a fair chance at this trial, whoever does impress will certainly be selected," she said.
EIGHTEEN-year-old boxer Sebastian Singh overcame all odds to win a silver medal in the New Zealand Amateur Boxing Championship competition last week. The Jai Narayan College Form 6 student competed in the 64kg Youth Male Category and lost to Shaldon Wally in the final. Singh is no stranger to boxing as his father is renowned local boxing trainer Gyan Singh. Gyan is currently training Joseph Kwadjo for his fight in Ghana.