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20th February

IOC reiterates coronavirus support in video conference with Beijing 2022

LAUSANNE, 20 FEBRUARY 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Key officials from Beijing 2022 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a video conference to discuss preparations for the next Winter Games. Zhang Jiandong, the vice-mayor...

Boult’s return boosts New Zealand against top-ranked India

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The return of pace spearhead Trent Boult will come as a welcome boost for New Zealand in their flagging ICC Test Championship campaign as they face top-ranked India in a two-match series starting at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday. Boult broke his hand in the second test against Australia in...

19th February

Vitoria launch investigation into Marega racist abuse

(Reuters) – Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes have launched their own investigation and released an anti-racism video after Porto striker Moussa Marega was subjected to racist insults at their stadium during a league game at the weekend. Vitoria said in a statement vitoriasc.pt/pt/news/index/view/comunicado-17-de-fevereiro-2020 that racism was a “problem of national dimension” and one from which government...

Wales prop Jones expects France to ‘cheat’ at the scrum

(Reuters) – Wales prop Wyn Jones expects France to “cheat” in the scrum when the teams meet at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in the Six Nations on Saturday. France are chasing a first Six Nations victory on Welsh soil since 2010 and Jones said defending champions Wales would have to be alert at the...

Tonga Rugby League to appeal expulsion

NUKU’ALOFA, 19 FEBRUARY 2020 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Secretary of Tonga’s Rugby National League (TNRL) says the association will appeal their expulsion by the sport’s governing body. The International Rugby League (IRL) expulsion is the latest move in a long-running battle over governance and money. The TNRL had been suspended since October, after it sacked...

England prop Mako Vunipola to miss Ireland game

(Reuters) – England’s Mako Vunipola has not been named in the 33-man squad for their third Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday after the prop travelled back to Tonga for family reasons, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday. Vunipola, 29, did not play a part in their shock opening defeat by France...

FIFA to hold Council meeting by video-conference

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA will hold the next meeting of its decision making Council by video-conference from its Zurich headquarters rather than in Asuncion as originally planned, the global soccer body said on Tuesday. The decision was taken “at the request of several members”, FIFA said in a short statement, adding that members who wished...

Manchester United win 2-0 at Chelsea amid VAR controversy

LONDON (Reuters) – Headed goals from Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire earned Manchester United a hard-fought 2-0 win at toothless Chelsea on Monday amid more VAR controversy, putting them back in the hunt for a top-four Premier League finish. The VAR system made the headlines once again after two Chelsea efforts were ruled out...

Women’s IDC pool draws

The Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship official launch and pool draws was held in Suva today. The new hosts for 2020 IDC, Nadroga has been drafted into Group A with Rewa, Suva and Nadi. In Group B, defending champions Labasa is pooled with Tailevu/Naitasiri, Navua and Ba. The tournament will begin at the end of...

Futsal league sets new trends

The National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay was a hive of activity as nine pool matches were played in the second phase of round one of the Ariston, Gokals, Whirlpool Southern Business House Futsal Soccer League on Tuesday evening. With 40 teams including four women’s and veterans teams respectively, the event which will carry on...

School inspires athletes in races

RATU Sukuna Memorial School has a new way of attaining sports excellence. Yesterday, during its inter-house competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, the school introduced a theme to help inspire students and athletes to gain excellence in sports. This saw the athletes giving their best in track and field events at the Laucala Bay...

Games theme for kids

RATU Sukuna Memorial School athletes abided by their inter-house competition theme as ‘Faster, Further and Higher’ to boost them through this year’s athletics competitions. Their journey started with their field and the tracks events at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The head of the PEMAC Department, Jane Danford said discipline on and off the...

Ryder braces for a return to 7s

WILLIAM Ryder’s possible appearance in next month’s Marist Sevens has given him a ray of hope to wear that national white jersey once again. He has started discussions with a local rugby club that contacted him this week for a chance to return to the field. “If all goes well and I am positive of...

Lautoka in tough duel

THE Lautoka football team lost its second game 0-7 in the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League in Vanuatu yesterday. The Blues lost to Lae City Dwellers from Papua New Guinea. Lautoka trailed 0-5 after the first half and it plays its last pool match at 12 midday on Friday against the Henderson Eels team. Lautoka...

Nawaka 7s: Army guns for win

THE Army rugby 7s team will expose its set of new players at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament in Nadi this weekend. Developing for perfection on the field begins from grassroots level, however this year the Army team has a new set of unknown players. Team manager and former national 7s squad member, Napolioni...

Nawaka 7s: Vuda Green out to expose players

THE Vuda Green Rugby Club 7s team is taking a serious approach towards the 33rd Fiji Bitter Nawaka Sevens this weekend. “They have been playing from late last year during the festive season participating in various 7s tournaments around the Western Division,” said head coach Iferemi Naruma. “They have also played in the Lautoka Rugby...

Manchester United win 2-0 at Chelsea amid VAR controversy

LONDON (Reuters) – Headed goals from Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire earned Manchester United a hard-fought 2-0 win at toothless Chelsea on Monday amid more VAR controversy, putting them back in the hunt for a top-four Premier League finish. The VAR system made the headlines once again after two Chelsea efforts were ruled out...

Plenty of positives for Clijsters despite Dubai comeback defeat

(Reuters) – Kim Clijsters says there was much to be pleased about in her comeback match against Garbine Muguruza after the Belgian matched the pace and intensity of the Australian Open finalist before losing 6-2 7-6(6) in Dubai on Monday. Four-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters was making her first appearance on the WTA Tour since...

Messi, Hamilton joint winners of Sportsman of the Year at Laureus Awards

(Reuters) – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi were declared joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in Berlin on Monday, with the voting tied for the first time in the awards’ 20-year history. Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race...

First openly gay British player Fashanu makes Hall of Fame

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Britain’s first and only openly gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, is to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum in Manchester this week, Sky Sports reported on Monday. The former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker took his own life in 1998 aged 37, eight years...

18th February

Tonga expelled from International Rugby League

The International Rugby League board has expelled Tonga from the sport’s governing body, the latest move in a long-running battle over governance, money and a threatened player boycott. The Tonga National Rugby League has been suspended since October, after it sacked national head coach Kristian Woolf over disagreements around control and finances, which led players...

Shot of the year

THE work of The Fiji Times senior photographer Rama has earned him the Photograph of the Year during the 2019 Fiji Sports Awards at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on Saturday night. The photographer has added the award to his trophy cabinet at home after capturing lanky Nawaka lad Meli Derenalagi being tackled by an...

Rama the great

THE Fiji Times senior photographer Rama has been there and has done it all. From covering members of the Royal Family visits to Fiji to taking photos of street dwellers, he has captured it all. And it’s only proper and right that he be recognised for capturing the best photos for our readers. The Class...

Fijian talent

IT all started under a mango tree in Lami one day in 1985, now after 30 years Lepani Wilson continues to do what he does best – train boxers. Wilson, who now lives in Cambletown, Sydney, Australia, says he will continue to train boxers because that is his calling. The Kadavu man, who trained two...

Nawaka 7s: Breeding talents

THE organisers of the annual Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s have decided to give exposure and promotion to rugby played by Fijians of Indian descents. As a result, the oldies category has been scrapped for this year’s event. This will allow the inclusion of a category classed as the ‘Indo Fijian’ to be slotted in the...

Fiji’s Radradra shines as Bordeaux-Begles retake Top 14 lead to send title message

BORDEAUX, 18 FEBRUARY 2020 (AFP) – Semi Radradra scored two tries as Bordeaux-Begles shoved Lyon off the summit of the French Top 14 with a 37-19 home victory on Saturday. “There’s something going on in Bordeaux,” said home coach Christophe Urios. Former Fiji international Nemani Nadolo out-did Radradra with a hat-trick of tries as Montpellier...

England’s Daly wants to stay at Saracens

(Reuters) – Elliot Daly became the second England player after hooker Jamie George to pledge his future to Saracens after their relegation from the Premiership for breaching salary cap rules. Saracens, winners of four Premiership titles and three European crowns in the past five years, were sanctioned last month for spending above the league’s 7...

Skinner, Fagerson added to Scotland squad

(Reuters) – Scotland added lock Sam Skinner and flanker Matt Fagerson to their Six Nations squad on Sunday but there was no recall for flyhalf Finn Russell. Skinner injured his hamstring in a win over France in August and missed the World Cup in Japan, but the 25-year-old was recalled by coach Gregor Townsend after...

Pacific Rugby Players chairman Hale T-Pole calls out New Zealand Rugby

AUCKLAND, 18 FEBRUARY 2020 (STUFF NZ) – Pacific Rugby Players chairman Hale T-Pole has a blunt message to New Zealand rugby bosses who blame the northern hemisphere for the struggles of island rugby: take a hard look in the mirror first. T-Pole and others have watched on as NZ Rugby chairman Brent Impey and former...

Drug Free Sports Fiji holds workshop to outline officials’ Tokyo 2020 responsibilities

SUVA, 18 FEBRUARY 2020 (INSIDSE THE GAMES) – Drug Free Sports Fiji has held a workshop for officials expected to represent the country during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The workshop was aimed at outlining the responsibilities of both athletes and officials prior to and during the Games. Patrick Bower, Fiji’s Chef de Mission, stressed...

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