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Athletes named

Arin Kumar
Saturday, June 07, 2014

TWENTY six athletes would represent the country at next month's Commonwealth Games while 28 athletes would compete at the Youth Olympic Games in August.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) yesterday.

The names were passed on from the Selection Justification Committee after their meeting on June 1 to the FASANOC board of management which they approved on Thursday night.

Team Fiji Chef de Mission Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Lyndall Fisher said of the 26 athletes, Glenn Kable who competes in shooting is yet to confirm as his passport expires this month with renewal of passport is needed.

Team Fiji chef de mission to the YOG in Nanjing, China, Carl Probert said the best part about the athletes' confirmation was that they all qualified on merit and not secured their place based on universality.

"They stand a good chance of winning medals at the event especially with teams like hockey and sevens rugby," Probert said.

Probert said both hockey and sevens rugby were yet to confirm their final squads.

"The approved 15-member girls hockey teams was named but the final travelling squad of nine would be named in June 23," he said.

"The boys sevens rugby side has 22 names approved which we will cut down to 12-member by the end of the month.

"With the announcement of the selected athletes this opens the 48-hour appeal period in which any appeals can be made regarding the selection of the team have time until 5pm Sunday," Fisher said.

"Appeals must be delivered in writing to the Suva Apartments Office at 17 Bau Street, Suva by 5pm on Sunday June 8.

"Appellants will need to make themselves available for an Appeals Tribunal hearing on Monday June 9."

Commonwealth Games squad:

Athletics: Leslie Copeland, Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro, Eugene Vollmer and Younis Bese

Judo: Josateki Naulu

Shooting: Glenn Kable (Subject to Passport Renewal)

Lawn Bowls: Men - Abdul Kalim, Arun Kumar, Ratish Lal, Daniel Lum On and Samuela Tuikiligana

Lawn Bowls: Women - Salanieta Gukivuli, Elizabeth Moceiwai, Doreen O'Connor, Radhika Prasad and Litia Tikoisuva

Swimming: William Clark, Meli Malani, Matelita Buadromo, Tieri Erasito, Caroline Puamau and Cheyenne Rova

Weightlifting: Manueli Tulo, Seruwaia Malani, Julia Timi and Aplonia Vaivai

Athletics: Keasi Naidroka and Kayla Yee

Hockey: Latileta Williams, Kerryanne Candy, Semantafa Samisoni, Lora Bukalidi, Terenga Tominiko, Tiara Dutta, Lala Ravatu, Ro Miriama Silatolu, Temo Pasemaca Tikoitoga, Cheyenne Underwood, Ateca Tinaisalasalavonu, Adi Wainikiti Naselesele, Ro Lavenia Ratumaimuri, Taraivini Bennion

Swimming: Meli Malani, Adele Rova, Matelita Buadromo (Subject to final FINA rankings to be released on June 15)

Weightlifting: Poama Qaqa and Ulina Saqone

Rugby 7s: Alipate Qaraniqio, Atunaisa Louie, Tailiki Tailagi Quinto Nadredre, Eminoni Naqionitoga Uluiviti, Filimoni Nawabalavu, Filipe Nasilasila Qoro, Iosa Katiantini, Josaia Cokaibusa, Joseva Vaughan Sadreu Rauga, Laisiasa Vurabere, Navitalai Navuni Ralawa, Eroni Navua, Waisea Daroko, Jacob Waqanivalu, Apolosi Ratumudu, Sailasa Powell, Penitiko Yauvoli, Pita Turagasau, Sakenasa Karatu, Semi Tubacule, Taitusi Naivakula, Timoci Meya

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