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$490,000 for sporting bodies

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, November 23, 2012

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) is not happy with the budget allocations for next year's sporting events.

FASANOC is preparing for the 2013 Pacific Mini Games and requested for $150,000 from the government to prepare and participate at the event in Wallis and Futuna.

However, the government only allocated a budget of $490,000 for various sporting activities, which includes sporting tours, hosting of international tournaments and sports scholarships.

FASANOC president Vidhya Lakhan said they had requested the government to specifically allocate a budget for the PMG.

"We asked for 50 per cent of our preparation budget which came to about $25,000 and 33 per cent of the participation budget which is $125,000," Lakhan said.

"We are disappointed with the budget because we didn't get special allocation as requested for the 2013 PMG like the previous governments used to do.

"In last two years or so, there hasn't been any special allocation as such to help with Team Fiji's preparation for the regional games."

Lakhan said they were hopeful the ministry would work out ways to fulfil their request.

Minister for Youths and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto said from the allocated $490,000, they would try to help all the sporting federations who will be touring next year.

Netball Fiji will send the national under-21 team to the World Youth Championship in Scotland, the Fiji Bati will participate in the Rugby League World Cup in England and the Fiji 7s men's and women's team will play in the 7s Rugby World Cup in Russia next year.

"We are happy with what we have got in the budget for next year. We will surely allocate funds to help the national federations who will make international tours next year," Cdr Naupoto said.

"The budget is a good one for sporting fraternity given the major tournaments Fiji will participate in next year and big infrastructure we are doing to help in the development of the sports in the country."