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Bole calls for students to enjoy the athletics finals

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, April 25, 2014

MINISTER for Education Filipe Bole has called on high school students to refrain from intimidation and making demeaning cheers at the Coca-Cola Games.

160 schools and more than 2800 athletes are expected to converge on the National Stadium today and tomorrow for the annual games which has a history of high school rivalry.

But though the rivalries remain friendly for the most part there have been times when the rivalries have turned ugly something the Ministry hopes to avoid this year

"The stadium should not be a floorshow for intimidating, shallow and demeaning cheers or remarks," Bole said yesterday.

"Such comment have, in the past instigated nasty fight scenes which are an embarrassment to the general public and to sports."

He said the ANZ stadium would bear witness to the students' finest athletic talents and skills and that experience should not be tainted.

"Not only that, this is one arena where spectators will witness and gauge how schools value the importance of good sportsmanship, comradeship and respect for another school.

"Thus, moral values and ethical standards should be observed at the games."

Bole also extended the ministry's best wishes to all participating schools.

"May you all enjoy the games, cheer for your schoolmates, and let the spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play take centre stage in all aspects of the games," Bole said.

"Let's all make this year's Games a memorable one for everyone. Let's respect one another in the true spirit of the Coca-Cola Games!!"

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