THE Fiji National Sports Commission is working on setting up a Sports Academy to develop talented youths in various sports around the country.
Commission executive chairman Peter Mazey said this was the strategy towards winning medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mazey said the commission would identify the talent and enrol them in the academy where they would undergo professional training to become better in the sport they were representing.
"As far as the academy is concerned, it's for all sports across the board. It's not just rugby union or netball or the major sports, its going into our minor sports as well," he said.
"Its finding the talent and nurturing it in whatever sport they are good at.
"Everything we do is aiming for gold and that's what this academy will be all about."
Mazey said those who would be chosen to be part of the academy would be assisted in their education as part of the development.
He added they would be working with major sporting institutions in Australia and New Zealand to implement the international standard of training program.
Mazey said Singapore, China and Cuba had also offered assistance in setting up the academy.
"Some of these young people that we will identify may be still in school and university. We will assist them with funding so they can pay their school fees and pay for the coaching.
"We will be setting up specialised sporting labs with equipment that Fiji has never had."
Mazey said the commission which was set up by the government last year to help with the development of sports in the country was excited with this project.
He said they were inspired by the remittance received from sports people plying their trade offshore.
"There are people from Fiji playing rugby professionally overseas and there are other sports where our people are represented as well.
"We want to grow towards better things looking at what it contributes to Fiji.
"The remittances being sent home to Fiji from our people overseas is about $360million and it is estimated about a $100m come from sports people."