Lifters set focus

FiJI weightlifters have suffered a major blow ahead of the Oceania Weightlifting Championship which will be held in Fiji.

About 40 weightlifters training at Baba settlement in Levuku were affected badly by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston which hit last weekend.

Fiji Weightlifting Federation secretary Christopher Yee said despite the hindrance, those lifters shifted their focus to the event.

“The situation is pretty bad as most of the weightlifters’ houses were damaged,” he said.

“Some of the athletes have come to Suva and they will soon start training at the National Fitness Centre. The accommodation and training gyms have been damaged in Levuka.

“With the odds stacked against them, they are putting up a smile on their faces and continues to prepare for the event.”

Yee said the federation would make a trip to Levuka to assess the situation.

“I will be going to Levuka to assess the damage that took place in the area,” he added.

“There are a number of lifters who are taking shelters at coach Joe Vueti’s house which survived the cyclone.

“Apart from three or four houses in the area all others were damaged.”

The championship will take place from May 21-28 in Suva.

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