JONE Wainiqolo has replaced Beniamino Maravu in the Fiji athletics team to the Pacific Mini Games (PMG) in Wallis and Futuna next month.
Maravu, who was initially named in the 28-member athletics squad, pulled out to play for the Fiji 7s team at the PMG.
Team Fiji section manager Litia Senibulu said Wainiqolo would take part in the hurdles and 4x100 metres relay events.
"He is one of our senior athletes and is also a medal prospect in the hurdles and 4x100m events."
Senibulu is optimistic of the team's chances this year and hoped it would better the result from the last PMG in the Cook Islands in 2009.
She said Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro was highly tipped to win the blue ribbon event.