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Bowls lead the charge

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, July 24, 2014

TEAM Fiji's 2014 Commonwealth Games action starts with the bowls competition in Glasgow at 7.45pm today.

Abdul Kalim, Ratish Lal and Daniel Lum On will represent the men's triples team while Salanieta Gukivuli, Doreen O'Connor, Radhika Prasad and Litia Tikoisuva will be part of the women's fours team.

Weightlifter Manueli Tulo will compete in the men's 56kg class at 9pm while the swimming heats start at 9.30pm with Matelita Buadromo (W-200 freestyle), Meli Malani (M-50m butterfly), Tieri Erasito, Caroline Puamau (W-100m butterfly) and William Clark (M-100m backstroke) competing.

At 1am tomorrow, Arun Kumar and Samuela Tuikiligana will compete in the men's doubles bowls while Elizabeth Mocewai will play in the women's singles.

Weightlifter Seruwaia Malani will compete in the women's 48kg class at 2.30am. Meanwhile, there was a spectacular welcome for the competing countries on Tuesday.

Team Fiji's chef de mission, Lyndall Fisher said everybody was hospitable.

"It seems like the Glasgow people are just as friendly as the Fijians," she said.

"It has been quite an achievement for Team Fiji to get to the Commonwealth Games, as the team was only recently invited.

"We are really pleased to be here and fortunately most of the sports have had good preparation, as the athletes were preparing for the Oceania championships in the last couple of weeks.

"This gave them something to focus on before coming to Glasgow. The aspirations for the Games are also high. We have a really small team, but everyone is focussing on doing their best and beating their personal records."

Secretary general of the Fiji Commonwealth Games Association Lorraine Mar said the competition would be a special experience for the athletes.

"The Commonwealth Games for some of our athletes is a competition that they really look forward to, particularly the ones that aren't competing in Olympic sports so this is a major event for them," she added.

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