School numbers up for Games

MORE than 2000 athletes will battle for high school athletics champion status when the Coca-Cola Games takes place at the ANZ Stadium in Suva from April 19-21.

Games organiser, Fiji Secondary School Athletics Association said there was a slight increase in the number of new schools while some who have been out for a few years have registered to return.

FSSAA secretary Vuli Waqa said a team from a high school on Koro Island was returning after a two-year gap following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016.

“We have three new schools established recently which are now registered to join the games,” Mr Waqa said.

“At the same time, we are pleased to be able to get back schools like Koro High School which has not been able to field a team in the past two years.”

Of the 167 high schools in the country, 151 had registered athletes for the games with remaining athletes to come in from the Maritime Zone scheduled for April 13 at the ANZ Stadium.

More than 200 officials and volunteers will help to stage the games which the FSSAA said should cost well over $80,000.

Adi Cakobau School is the defending girls champion while the boys division winning title went to Natabua High School in Lautoka last year.

Tickets to the three-day event are on sale at the FSSAA office on MacGregor Rd in Suva.

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