FIELD events in athletics should be given equal treatment as track events says national javelin coach, James Goulding.
He made the comments during the Athletics Fiji organised competition at the Cathedral Secondary Schools grounds in Suva yesterday.
Goulding said track events are given prominence over field events in competitions in Fiji.
He said field events are as equally important as track events and it's about time it got the recognition it deserved.
"I think there is too much emphasis on track events in local competitions," the former national javelin champion said.
"I wish there was more recognition given to field events because if you consider it, winning competitions like the Coca-Cola Games, it comes down to the field event and in the Olympics last year, Fiji's lone representative was in the field event," he said.
Goulding said there was not enough expertise in field events in the country and in schools.
"The first competition will be the schools competition and I think teachers or coaches lack expertise in field events.
"Teachers and coaches are concentrating more on track events because they only know that.
"Especially rural schools where athletes are strong, they should have more teachers and coaches with better knowledge of field events."
He said athletes in Fiji had interest and the talent but their talent was not coached in the right way and so they are not able to fully make use of their talents.
"I think there are some sprinters out there who could be champions in field events but because of no proper guidance, they stick to running," Goulding said.