THE organisers of the 2013 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order have received the backing from Digicel Fiji in staging this year's event.
The mobile company has partnered with the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) after sponsoring $7000 towards the annual event.
2013 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order organising committee chairperson Makarita Lenoa thanked Digicel for coming onboard to recognise the achievements of Fijian athletes.
Lenoa said the event, which started in 1990, had recognised 34 "super athletes" for the glory and fame that they brought to themselves, their sport and to Fiji as a nation.
"In 2001, FASANOC added the Fiji Olympic Order to its awards program to recognise the invaluable contribution of the selfless volunteers who dedicate their time and service towards bringing these athletes to their full potential," she said.
Lenoa said FASANOC was pleased with the interest shown by the national federations as they recorded a good number of nominations when the entries closed last year. She said the nominations were kept confidential and an independent body had met and selected the deserving recipients.
Digicel Fiji head of marketing Sheryl Singh said they were delighted to partner with FASANOC.
The late Ratu Sir George Cakobau was inducted to the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame last year for his contribution to rugby while Cathy Wong received the Fiji Olympic Order award. This year's awards will be held at the Novotel Hotel, Lami on January 25.