THE 2013 Coca-Cola Games National Torch Relay started its nationwide tour yesterday.
Officially launched at the Coca Cola Amatil Limited, the torch left the company factory at Laucala Beach for its first visit to the Assemblies of God High School before visiting other schools and stopping over at Adi Cakobau School in Sawani.
The torch will be in Vanua Levu today visiting schools in Bua followed by Labasa before returning to Viti Levu.
Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association general secretary and Coca-Cola Games co-ordinator Filimoni Waqa said the torch relay was the "start of excitement" for the annual meet.
"This is normally held to make people aware that the Coca-Cola Games is around the corner," he said.
"It helps build up the spirit we see at the games."
Waqa said this year's Coca-Cola Games would be the biggest which would see 140 schools participating at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on May 16 and 17. He said two new schools from Savusavu and Taveuni would be making their debut.
Waqa said there would be a decrease in the number of athletes compared to last year.
Last year 2204 athletes took part in the two-day meet.
"This is an event only for the champions and we want the best to participate at the Coca-Cola Games."
ACS is the defending girl's champion while Marist Brothers High School defends the boy's title.