GOVERNMENT, through the Fiji National Sports Commission, has contributed $33,000 towards the hosting of the Trans Pacific Touch Tournament 2013.
Speaking at the opening of the event at Prince Charles Park yesterday, Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto also reiterated that the government recognised the importance of hosting international tournaments on our shores.
"This is not only for the associated socio-economic benefits it brings but also the resultant developmental effect it has on our athletes from their exposure to high level competition that international tournaments such as this generate," he said.
"It is expected that this tournament will not only draw the attention of the many touch enthusiasts from around the country but also the rugby loving followers.
"This is a first ever for Fiji, in which local touch heroes will have the opportunity to play against some of the best touch rugby players in the region.
"Touch rugby like any other sport brings families and communities together to play and enjoy themselves in an environment that offers both a competitive as well as friendly rivalry that helps to foster team work, discipline as well as social cohesion and community solidarity which are important ingredients for nation building."
The three-day tournament concludes on Saturday.