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Athletics Fiji looks forward

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE Athletics Fiji competition resumes this weekend at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

And acting president Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija said they were looking forward to more competitors compared with last year.

She said the executive committee (EC) was making every effort to ensure that this week's competition goes ahead as planned.

"The EC would like to encourage everyone to come out this weekend in numbers and compete," Dr Alakija said.

"Athletics is the basis of all sport and we would love to see the young and old alike come out to join in the fun at the ANZ Stadium."

She said they didn't want to put pressure on the athletes preparing for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that will be held in Nanjing China later this year.

"To those currently preparing for the YOG in August, they are still in early season mode and as such time trials are not really the focus right now.

"They are building strength and in speed/endurance phase of training, also we must remember that these are young people and as such not put any undue pressure on them.

"Athletics should be fun and the message from us to all is to please come out and have a good time!"

Meanwhile, Dr Alakija revealed Athletics Fiji was in debt of over $20,000.

"The financial situation at Athletics Fiji is such that we are currently in significant deficit and in debt to the tune of over $20,000.

"So we are thankful to EC members who have worked hard over last week to fundraise and ensure that competitions continue across the nation and that the hard work of all athletes does not go to waste," Dr Alakija said.

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