Nothing better than being in sports: Nemani

Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports , Maretino Nemani responds to the Parlimentry standing committe on Social Affairs. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

“THERE is nothing better than being in sports or getting involved in anything involving sports.”

These were the words of Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Maritino Nemani while addressing officials and guests at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) lottery ticket draw last Friday.

An athlete himself and part of the Fiji team for the 1979 South Pacific Games in Suva, Mr Nemani told officials and guest that sponsors were important partners and their contribution to the team effort must be recognised.

“We are not only here for the ticket draws but more importantly to acknowledge our sponsors because without sponsors, it would be really difficult to gather a team,” the PS said.

“I remember clearly in 1979, we used to do the milk and beer bottle drive to raise funds for Team Fiji, and likewise in 1983 for the Samoa games. Clearly, we have come a long way and I just would like to recognise the good work that our sponsors have been doing to facilitate, to come forward and assist our Team Fiji,” he added.

Close to $200,000 was raised by FASANOC through ticket sales for their lottery, which was drawn at the ASCO Motors showroom in Nabua.

Meanwhile, Team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower said the 2019 Samoa games was a big event for Team Fiji.

He said this year’s team would be one of the biggest assembled to travel offshore.

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