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29th March

Team USA weighing roster alternatives in event of spring Olympics

USA Basketball is weighing alternative roster options in the event of a potential conflict between the delayed Tokyo Olympics and the NBA season. If the postponed Games are moved from a July 2020 start to...

28th March

NHL players discuss possible playoff formats

With the NHL season on an indefinite hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, players have plenty of time to ponder the potential return of the sport. With it looking increasingly likely that a full 82-game regular season won’t be completed, attention is turning to how the playoffs might look. In a Friday conference call involving...

Minimbi sets his rugby dream

A rugby rising star has found inspiration in the success of some Fijian rugby greats amid the global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the cancellation of Fijian sports, Fiji Warriors squad member, former Fiji under-20 rep, Pacific Combine squad member and former Marist Brothers High School head boy and dux, Chris Minimbi is clinging...

Fuli offers positive tone

FORMER national 7s rep and Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli is of the firm belief that the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games is a wise decision. “That’s the best decision for all countries made by the IOC and the Prime Minister of Japan,” the Army’s Sukuna Bowl winning coach said. “This...

Kavika vows not to repeat mistakes

WORLD Boxing Foundation Australasian heavyweight champion James Singh and Jonasa Kavika will square off for the title of Fiji heavyweight champion later this year. “I wont make the same mistakes again,” said Kavika. The two last met for the World Boxing Foundation Australasian title in November last year where Singh stopped Kavika in a seventh...

Olympic qualification process and late season being studied: Coe

(Reuters) – World Athletics is working to restart a shuttered athletics season and studying any changes that may be needed in the qualifying process for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, president Seb Coe said on Friday. The governing body is hoping to offer a series of meetings that may begin in August and run to October...

Cricket: ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers due to coronavirus

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world...

Soccer: PSG sell out special jerseys, raise over 200,000 euros for hospitals

(Reuters) – Paris St Germain have raised over 200,000 euros ($221,320.00) for local healthcare professionals battling the coronavirus outbreak with the release of a limited edition jersey, the Ligue 1 champions have said. The shirt is a replica of PSG’s current home strip but has the words ‘Tous Unis’ (All Together) where the main sponsor...

Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 to keep spots in 2021

Athletes already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before the Games were postponed will get to keep their spots in the rescheduled 2021 competition. About 6,200 of the 11,000 scheduled participants had already secured their positions before the global coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement, which was made official Tuesday. Sebastian Coe, president of the International...

27th March

Attitude, respect and discipline key to success

ROY Krishna believes attitude, respect and discipline plays a major role in the success of a footballer. “I think most of the local football players don’t have any other job apart from playing football. To give something to the family is one of the things I always do. I put my family at the forefront....

Baber supports Olympic Games call

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has supported the decision made by the International Olympics Committee to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Baber explained how important it is to give everyone the opportunity to look after their loved ones during this difficult time. “As a team we respect the decision because...

Nemani welcomes postponement decision

THE permanent secretary for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Maritino Nemani has welcomed the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games in Japan. “I believe it was the right decision which everyone should support,” the former national football captain said. “In light of the devastation COVID-19 has brought globally, it makes sense...

Moana disappointed with cancellation of Olympics

FIJI Swimming athlete Moana Wind is saddened by the news of the Olympics Games being cancelled because of the effects of COVID-19. The Fiji Sportswoman of the Year who is aiming for a spot in the Swimming Fiji team to the Olympics and is currently in New Zealand training as part of her buildup for...

LeBron talks about virus’ impact on NBA in podcast

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James shed light on a variety of topics facing the NBA should it attempt to resume the 2019-20 season later this year. Appearing on the Road Trippin’ podcast, James expressed concerns for NBA players competing against someone who was diagnosed with the coronavirus. “So what happens when a guy who...

Weeks of anguish and a ‘black box’: Inside Tokyo’s decision to delay the Olympics

TOKYO/LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Officials in charge of staging Tokyo’s Olympic Games crowded around a low table inside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s residence late Tuesday, wincing as they spoke by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Minutes later, Abe emerged to inform a gaggle of reporters that he had just spoken with...

Fiji Kava inks deal with Fiji Rugby

MEDICINAL kava health and wellness company Fiji Kava has inked a three year partnership to be the exclusive kava supplier for Fiji Rugby and the grassroots community. “Representing Fiji is one of the proudest moments for our players, however competing against the world’s best teams on a regular basis does present quite significant physical and...

Players reminded about importance of safety

FIJI Football Association has called on its district players and officials to stay safe during these times. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf said as COVID-19 continues to affect the whole nation, players and officials need to take heed of advices. “We request the players to stay safe during these times and take care of their...

Football coach requests players to keep training

WHILE government has prohibited all mass gatherings as a means of stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pendamic, national football coach Flemming Serristlev has asked footballers in the country to keep training on their own and be in good shape. “We have to respect all the guidelines put in place by the Government,” Serristlev said....

Fuli supports games postponement

FORMER national 7s rep and Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli is of the firm belief that the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games is a wise decision. “That’s the best decision for all countries made by the IOC and the Prime Minister of Japan,” the Army’s Sukuna Bowl winning coach said. “This...

IOC working toward July-August Olympics in 2021: Yomiuri

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, told the Yomiuri the Games would...

26th March

Saoirse Breen competes in the Fiji Open Tennis Championship in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Tennis Fiji counts the cost of cancellation

TENNIS Fiji expects a loss in revenue from the cancellation of the annual Fiji Open Championship in May because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Fiji said it had also affected some of its development programs. The Fiji Open Championship which attracts more than 100 overseas players each year is one of the major earners...

Pray for Fiji

Nadroga urged to remember athletes, country in prayers THE Nadroga rugby team has always used a Bible verse for motivation while preparing for games and tournaments. It is Matthew 19:26 (King James Version) which says “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”...

Nadroga postpones rugby competitions

NADROGA Rugby Union has postponed its remaining rounds of the Nadroga Super Rugby franchise and the Kalevu Shield Challenge after Government declared the cancellation of all sports events in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic. After 10 rounds of games, union president Jikoibau Matawalu said they would adhere to the command because it focused...

Naliva for next Ba boxing promotion

THE Southern Boxing Promotions has earmarked to hold its next program in Ba on July 11 featuring local cruiserweight champion Savenaca Naliva against an overseas opponent. The bout will be for another international title as Naliva holds the World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific and Pro-Box Pacific cruiserweight titles. He defeated Papua New Guinea’s John Korake...

‘As a player I have goals to achieve’

FIJI 7s rep Josua Vakurinabili is making adjustments with his training program despite the Olympic Games cancellation and the postponement of the World Rugby Sevens Series because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vakurinabili married his sweetheart Sereima Taiji last week. Today he is a proud father after the birth of his son Ratu Luke Vidovi last...

FASANOC, Team Fiji to map plans

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) and Team Fiji will map out a plan to better prepare Fijian athletes who will compete in the Olympic Games in Japan. With the Tokyo Games moved to next year after it was cancelled yesterday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and host country Japan, FASANOC...

Fiji’s Olympic title defence postponed for a year

SUVA, 26 MARCH 2020 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji will have to wait an extra year to defend their Olympic Sevens title after Tokyo Games officials decided to postpone the event until summer 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fijians charged to glory in the Rio heat when the 2016 Olympics were held in Brazil,...

Tonga NRL expelled from international rugby league, will appeal the decision

SYDNEY/NUKU’ALOFA, 26 MARCH 2020 (IRL/TONGA RUGBY LEAGUE) – A new governing body will have to take charge of rugby league in Tonga after the Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) was expelled from International Rugby League. Following a dramatic fallout last year between the governing body and players, Tonga were pulled from the World Cup 9s...

Federer donates one million Swiss Francs to vulnerable families

(Reuters) – Roger Federer has joined the list of sports stars helping out the needy during the coronavirus pandemic, with the former world number one and his wife donating one million Swiss Francs ($1.02 million) to vulnerable families in his native Switzerland. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had each donated...

O’Connor and Baber support IOC decision

Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor together with Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber have supported the decision made by the International Olympic Committee to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. O’Connor says with World Rugby also putting their hands behind IOC, the decision has been made to...

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