Baseball match – strengthening friendship

The baseball macth was held between the Fiji team and the Japanese team which consisted of members of the Japanese resident community in Fiji. Picture: SUPPLIED

A FRIENDLY baseball match between the Fiji team which consisted of the Fijian Under-15 national baseball team and the Japanese team consisting of members of the Japanese resident community in Fiji, got off to a great start on Saturday, August 25, at the Suva Grammar School Ground, in Suva.

The match was attended by the Ambassador of Japan, Masahiro Omura, Alison Burchell, Acting Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Youth and Sports, Yukari Ono, Resident Representative of JICA Fiji Office, and Mr Tavo Sorovakatini, the former Fiji national baseball team captain and current vice president of Fiji Baseball Association.

About 100 baseball players and enthusiasts from both the Fijian and Japanese communities came out to support the friendly match.

Adults and youngsters alike enjoyed the occasion which was not only crucial for strengthening friendship between the Fijian and Japanese communities but also for further development of baseball in Fiji. While baseball is one of the top sports in Japan, it is still emerging in Fiji.

Kento Oshima, a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been working with Fijian colleagues including Inoke Niuvalabu of the Fiji Baseball Association for coaching baseball to Fijians, especially the youth, from Mondays to Saturdays in Suva.