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Let's keep it low

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE organisers of the 2014 Coca-Cola Games have made arrangements to ensure that music in the two-day competition is played "to acceptable level".

Issues have been raised by the parents and supporters on the social networks regarding loud music being played during the competition held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Competition director Filimoni Waqa said there should not be any music and cheering at the start of the race.

"The only thing we have to learn is to make sure when the race is about to begin, we have to be quiet to be fair on everybody that is competing and after that you can yell as much as you like," Waqa said.

"Music is part of marketing and presentation and adds to the flavour together with the cheering that comes from the ground which is also important for us."

Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji national sales manager Lawrence Tikaram said they had to respect the cheering squads who have prepared their chants for the games.

"We have worked with our media partners to ensure that the music is played to acceptable levels and there is no cheering when the music is pumped up," Tikaram said.

"Lot of schools are preparing all the different chants and we want to showcase that at the stadium. Let's work together with all the schools that have put a lot of time and effort in preparing."

Meanwhile, the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association is considering hosting the annual secondary schools athletics meets over three days starting on Thursday night. With the increased number of athletes because of the new qualifying standard system, Tikaram said the association would meet with the Ministry of Education to discuss the proposal.

He said with teams arriving into Suva for the games yesterday, the hosting of the three-day competition was possible.

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