Sporting overload

THE stage is set for a jam-packed weekend of sporting action.

The Commonwealth Games kicked off yesterday at the Gold Coast in Australia with one of our medal hopefuls Manueli Tulo bombing out with a no lift verdict by the jury.

He had gone in with high hopes, with the huge responsibility of trying for a medal.

Yesterday, chef de mission for Team Fiji Patrick Bower accepted the result but has urged team officials to tighten up on the little issues that must not be forgotten.

Our boxing team suffered its first defeat with Jone Davule going down to Louis Richarno of Mauritius in the men’s 64kg division.

Attention is focused now on our Olympian Winston Hill who is scheduled to fight Lyndel Marcellin of Saint Lucia tomorrow.

We bombed out in squash yesterday but did better in bowling with Litia Tikoisuva starting off well in the first round.

Swimming started off on a positive note with Paul Elaisa winning his 50 metre butterfly heat race and came off with some slower times as well in other races.

In netball, the Fiji Pearls bombed out to Jamaica 30-88 in our opening game yesterday.

As Bower said, there were mixed results.

Today there is beach volleyball, lawn bowls, squash, swimming and weight-lifting to look forward to.

The big one though for thousands of fans is the Hong Kong 7s which gets underway today at the Happy Valley.

There can be no doubts about the impact of this annual event on the lives of Fijians around the globe.

It almost stirs the soul and plays with emotions.

This is the epitome of the abbreviated version of the game, at least as far as Fijian fans are concerned.

This is where sevens rugby gave birth to the Fijian brand and unfolded our sevens heroes over the years, turning them into household names.

This is where our passion for the game was nurtured.

National coach Gareth Baber knows how much it means to Fijians to win at the Happy Valley.

He was quoted by international media saying there is prestige to winning it and it stands big in Fijian minds in terms of accomplishments.

There surely is going to be some excitement this weekend in terms of sports.

But lest we forget, we must stay alert and be aware of changes to the weather.

We have been warned. Let’s be proactive, vigilant and careful, for the sake of loved ones, and ourselves.

Go Fiji, go.

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