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No extension to deadline for sports awards nominations

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Fiji Sports Council will not extend the deadline for nominations for the 2013 Annual Sports Awards.

Council CEO Litiana Loabuka said they had been lenient in the past when they gave sporting bodies a week or two to hand in their applications.

Nominations close today and Loabuka said they would not consider any more applications after that.

"But it (extension of deadline) has to stop and we can't be allowing them to be late with applications," she said.

"Applications close tomorrow (today) and so far nominations have been slow in coming in."

She said they had received only four applications by the end of Tuesday.

"That is a very low number given the fact that we have around 40 sporting bodies in the country.

"We are urging sports to nominate people who they think deserve to be recognised for their achievements.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be an athlete. It can be an official or volunteer or administrator."

Loabuka said they had brought forward the event date from February 28 to February 21.

Meanwhile, she also confirmed that the Vodafone Fiji Bati captain to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Petero Civoniceva, will be chief guest at the event.

"He has agreed to attend and we are expecting an inspiring and motivating speech from him.

"Also we have confirmed who our five judges are going to be and the reason why we don't want to extend the deadline is because we want to give the judges ample time to make a decision.

"And when they do make a decision, they will tell us and then we have to go and get the certificates signed and the plaques and trophies engraved."

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