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Teams set for final selection

Monday, February 05, 2018

WITH the 2018 Commonwealth Games less than two months away, all 12 participating sports have been encouraged to submit their final names before the 7th of February, 2018.

Team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower has encouraged all participating sports to submit their final list of athletes before the due date this Wednesday.

"Closing submission of names from sporting federations closed on the 7th," he said.

On the 22nd of February the approval will be given by the executive committee which will then be forwarded to the Selection Justification Committee (SJC).

"Once it goes through the SJC athletes can then make appeals," Bower said.

Fiji will be represented in athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s men and women, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, and weight-lifting.

Bower said training had picked up with several sports conducting training overseas.

Team Fiji badminton, beach volleyball, rugby, shooting, table tennis and weight-lifting are attending training and competitions overseas.

Team Fiji boxing and swimming are attending what is known as a GAP's program in Australia.

Team Fiji general managers Chris Yee, Ajay Ballu and Commonwealth Games Federation admin officer Fesaitu Mario each spoke on the preparations of sports that they are responsible for.

Yee said sports like table tennis and weight-lifting had opted to train and compete overseas along with badminton.

"Netball has a few international matches lined up and this will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March," he said.

Ballu who is responsible for rugby 7s men, shooting, swimming and lawn bowls (men and women) and beach volleyball said he was pleased with how each sport was progressing.

"Our rugby, shooting, swimming and beach volleyball athletes are currently overseas training and competing and our lawn bowls athletes have been consistent with their training," he said.

Meanwhile, out of the nine disciples, Athletics Fiji has four more to fill according to CGF admin officer Mario.

"Five sports were booked following the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu, which were the gold medal winners while Athletics Fiji are yet to decide on the remaining four," he said.

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