Pacific sports bond

THE Pacific Island nations will work together to enhance the level of all sports in the region.

Speaking at the Pacific Islands sports minister’s meeting at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday, Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said the nations in the region were working towards a common goal which also correlated with the theme for this year’s meeting which was “Strengthening Sports and Sustainable Development in the Pacific.”

“We will be making presentations during the 9th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in Gold Coast, Australia and the Pacific shall be represented in unison while delivering the presentation,” Tuitubou said.

“Thus it becomes imperative that we share our concerns, best practices and learning experiences that can assist one another to propel sports in our countries.

“We are to show the world that Pacific Island countries are sport loving people and are equally capable of presenting athletes that can compete with the rest of the world.”

Tuitubou highlighted that some countries won medals in sports that were not popular among their local communities.

“It has taken many years to develop the sports in the country,” he said.

“After few years of developing we have seen the fruit of that. Some countries won gold in certain sports.

“But in reality in those countries the communities like other sports. Fiji is an example as we have rugby in our heart.

“But when we go to the international level, although we have won gold in Rio but athletics has won many gold medals in the South Pacific Games.”

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