Ali's first up
TAE kwon do starts today at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna. First up will be Shameer Ali who is Fiji's best medal contender. He won a silver medal in the last Pacific Games. Pranit Kumar and Tonga Karutake will also be in action today. Lone female athlete Leanne Dang was injured before the team left for the games.
FIJI was able to get four bronze medals in the va'a competition, something which team members are proud of. Spokesperson Sydel Whippy says they were up against some very tough competition including world champions. The final medal for the team was in the V6 men's 30km marathon. The team leaves for Fiji today.
BANUVE Tabakaucoro is headed for New Caledonia next month. After grabbing three gold medals in the Pacific Mini Games and setting new games records in the 100m and 200m finals, Tabakaucoro has been invited to be part of a French Grand Prix. He added this will boost his preparation for future world meets.
THE Fiji women's volleyball team faces Tahiti later today in a must win match. Only the two top teams after round-robin qualify for the gold medal play-off. Fiji having lost its last match must now win all its remaining games to stay in contention. Coach Kenny Lidise has had a word with the team and hopes the players will improve.
SOME members of Team Fiji athletics leave Wallis and Futuna today. Their events concluded on Friday and some had already left on Saturday. In the first bunch was Team Fiji captain Leslie Copeland. He wished the remaining sports all the best for their games. "I just want them to give it their best shot and do Fiji proud." Banuve Tabakaucoro is among the athletes who will arrive in Fiji today.