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4-way race for women

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 11, 2013

ONLY four teams will compete in the women's competition of the Uprising Fiji International 7s tournament next week.

Organisers confirmed only local teams will compete in the tournament that is being sponsored by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.

This includes defending champions Marist Seahawks, Hine Moana, Striders and Ricketts.

Organising committee member Tahitia Kamea said their efforts to bring in overseas teams for the tournament proved futile.

"We sent our invitations but they were all busy with other commitments and were not able to come," she said.

Meanwhile, the sponsorship for the women's competition has been increased to $20,000 for the tournament.

Also the FWCC will use the tournament to advocate their theme — Violence against women: Not in our game plan.

FWCC co-ordinator Edwina Kotoisuva said they received good response towards their engagement in the tournament last year.

"Last year's Uprising 7s created a lot of awareness and we received a good feedback not only from the sport but also from the community," she said.

She said their will use this tournament to raise awareness on sexual harassment and also the use of sport as a means of empowerment.

"We recognise sports is an empowerment source for women and it is a tool for them to be more assertive in their lives," Kotoisuva said.