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Level field

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

THE build-up to the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Finals puts all athletes on level playing ground, organisers said yesterday.

All students who will take part at the Coca-Cola Games to be held on May 16 and 17 have been preparing on grass tracks.

Unlike previous years when athletes in and around Suva trained on the synthetic track at Laucala, the renovation of the ANZ Stadium this year does not allow them from doing so.

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association general secretary Filimoni Waqa said there would still be "records broken on the day".

"This is probably the fairest year for all athletes because they all had their inter-houses and zones on grass tracks so everyone is on level playing field," Waqa said.

"The new tracks would probably bounce a bit and could also cause some slight injuries and the athletes must be aware of this.

"Despite training on the grass tracks, there will still be records broken on the day."

Waqa said it was up to the Fiji Sports Council to allow participating athletes to test the new tracks before the start of the Coca-Cola Games.

The ANZ Stadium contractors are expected to hand over the new-look stadium to the council today.

"It's (trial test) the call of the Fiji Sports Council because they own the property," Waqa said.

"But the Fiji Games will be held a week before the Coca-Cola Games so this will give athletes an opportunity to try out the new tracks."

Waqa also said there could be some changes in their program because of the expected new layout of the stadium.

"Everyone is looking forward to participating on the new tracks and I think this year's games would probably be the best."