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Bodybuilding change

Arin Kumar
Sunday, March 02, 2014

JOHN Lee is the new president of Bodybuilding Fiji.

Lee was chosen to head the organisation after Reg Sanday did not seek re-election at the AGM in Suva yesterday.

Sanday told the meeting at the Fiji Olympic House it was time for a change; in addition he wants to focus on his role as president of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) where he is responsible for 41 national sports federations.

"Cama Bula of the Charmans All Races Club and Ganesh Prasad, a Suva chartered accountant, were elected as the two new vice presidents to replace Patrick Fenn of Suva and Subhas Chandra of Nadi," he said.

"Tu Meli Navutovuto of the National Fitness Centre, Tui Valentine of BodyLife Fitness in Namaka, Nadi and Shelvin Chandra of Lautoka retained their positions as vice presidents.

"Former female bodybuilder and Ms Fiji 2012, Maryanne Ma'afu Moss, was elected secretary/treasurer."

Sanday, who was the founding president when the association was established in 1994, said he was elected one of the trustees; he took over from former FASANOC president Vidhya Lakhan as patron of the federation.

"Also, the meeting voted to change the association's name from Bodybuilding Fiji to Bodybuilding and Fitness Fiji.

"The addition of the word 'Fitness' is to reflect the growing number of people joining gyms for fitness reasons and not just to build muscles."

Sanday said Lee brought with him years of experience as a banker and CEO of the Young Men's Christian Association in Suva.

He asked the new committee to continue the efforts of the previous committee to support the spread of the sport to centres outside Suva.

"A team of three bodybuilders who competed at the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championships in Tonga last October all won medals with Dudley High School student Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua taking out the overall Mr Junior South Pacific title."

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