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Commonwealth Games selection will be tough

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

THE Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) has put in place a tough selection process for athletes vying for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

With the limited time given to register athletes, FASANOC announced that athletes needed to meet the criteria to book a ticket to Glasgow in Scotland.

"We have a limited time frame to put together Team Fiji so there is going to be a tough selection process," FASANOC's Lyndall Fisher said.

"We cannot send a development team because we don't have the funding for that, so we're targeting to send the elite athletes to the Games but there will be some younger ones who will have to meet the criteria on the Oceania.

"So it will be exciting to see how athletes will fare off at Oceania Championships."

Meanwhile only six sporting federations will make Team Fiji in Glasgow. They are athletics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and weightlifting.

FASANOC has revealed three athletes that are likely to qualify for the Glasgow Games.

Judo's Josateki Naulu, an interim International Olympic Committee (IOC) scholarship recipient who is training in Japan, Apoloni Vaivai of Weightlifting Fiji and Leslie Copeland of athletics looks good to qualify.

Vaivai is training on interim IOC scholarship in Noumea, New Caledonia where she is under the watchful eyes of Oceania Weightlifting coach Paul Coffa.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games is scheduled for July 23 to August 3.

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