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Calls to change event

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, April 28, 2014

MORE calls have been made to increase the annual secondary schools athletics meet from the existing two-day schedule.

Development manager for the Oceania IAAF Regional Development Centre Cheery Harvey said while the Coca-Cola Games was "a great event and fantastically run", it needed to be expanded.

She said holding the Games over two days was unfair on the athletes.

"I think to try and have these young athletes run over two days is very difficult," Harvey said.

"It will be nice if they can add a day or maybe even two days."

Harvey said increasing the number of days of the Games would help athletes' achieve better results.

"It will have less impact on the young kids physically and help them to perform better as well.

"We probably wouldn't see quite many injuries as we did since we have been here but in terms of the event itself, it's a fantastic event.

"The enthusiasm from the schools and the kids, that's great and that school spirit is amazing to watch."

The Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association is working on a proposal to increase the event by a day.

Meanwhile Marist Brothers High School retained the boys' division title with 14 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze medals while Jasper Williams High School defended the girls title with 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals.

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