Vanuatu a threat says coach Miller

HOST country Vanuatu will be a threat to Fiji says national athletics coach Albert Miller ahead of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu next month.

Miller had been monitoring the athletes in the number of trials and the competition they competed in earlier this year.

“We understand that Vanuatu had sent more than 60 athletes to China for training under the Chinese coaches for the past three months and that is going to be another threat to our medal tally,” he said.

“Vanuatu had produced some good athletes with PNG and it is going to be an interesting competition for us.”

He said Fiji needed more quality athletes.

“At our national level the selection has been very thin as far as the number and we have handful of quality athletes, but across the board we did not have that quality athletes we need to have to ensure our dominance in the region,” he said.

“I think it is the main challenge and for the team they need to capitalise on who they have selected and making sure they are 100 per cent ready to go on the day and it is just we do not have athletes that can be dominant enough.

“We are only going to find out on the day the strength of the other countries leading up to the main competition and that is going to determine how well we are going to perform against Papua New Guinea and other countries.”

The Pacific Mini Games will be held from December 4-15.

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