THE Coca-Cola Games torch relay will for the first time visit three outer islands — Kadavu, Taveuni and Ovalau — before the competition begins in Suva at the end of the month.
Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji national sales manager Lawrence Tikaram made the announcement yesterday during the torch-lighting ceremony at their headquarters in Laucala Beach.
"The lighting of the torch is symbolic," he said.
"It begins the journey of the torch which starts here and culminates at the ANZ Stadium.
"The journey will take the torch around Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and also for the first time, to three islands — Kadavu, Taveuni and Ovalau."
Tikaram said he hoped the torch would inspire the people of Fiji to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
It was also announced that Crest Chicken would be the other major sponsor of the torch relay.
Goodman Fielder business development and marketing manager Clifford Morris said the relay and the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Championships were iconic events in the country.
Other sponsors of the relay and the Coca-Cola Games echoed similar sentiments.
Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu said the competition was the pinnacle of the students' athletics competition.
Fiji Water CEO Rokoseru Nabalarua said the annual meet was the premier sporting event for secondary school students.
Avis national manager Eleanor Tabakaucoro said the competition was an integral part of the students' development.
The torch relay begins on Monday and will visit 73 schools.