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Suva gears up for volleyball event

Preparation for the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca Championship has been intense for the Suva Volleyball Association. Team official Jone Baleilomaloma said their final four teams’ training had been intense. “We have set our criteria and...

Raiwai ready for Vulaca

The Raiwai Volleyball Association is on track with its training as they prepare for the Vulaca Championship on Thursday and Friday. President Jim Rosse said they would be fielding six teams and they had to keep up with what the coaching panel had required of them. “Training has been intense as the competition dates are...

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy attacks effort to allow Russia back at Olympics

(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that allowing Russia to compete at the 2024 Paris Games was tantamount to showing that “terror is somehow acceptable”. “Attempts by the International Olympic Committee to bring Russian athletes back into the Olympic Games are attempts to tell the whole world that terror is somehow acceptable,”...

Kado dedicates win to daughters

First-time bodybuilder Cecilia Kado was crowned Mrs 2022 Fiji Bodybuilding championship last night. The mother of two dedicated her win to her young daughters. She said she was always health cautious and kept proper care of her health and physical condition. “I have two very young children and they are my main motivation,” she said....

Koroi reclaims Mr Fiji title

Onisivoro Koroi reclaimed the Mr Fiji title at the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022 on Saturday. The Mokani Tailevu gentleman said he had been part of the sport all of his life and to win the title is a big achievement. He has won the title five times. “Despite the cancellation of the...

Cleary’s place to escape

Some people use sports as a way out and as for Baszil Cleary, after going through a lot of depression, has a change of heart. He used bodybuilding to forget all that was in his mind and start to venture into a new journey. Bodybuilding has moulded him to be confident. Cleary was the youngest...

Tennis-Emotionally drained Djokovic savours happy end to difficult fortnight

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said shedding tears in his players’ box following victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open final on Sunday was the result of an emotional collapse following his huge display of mental strength in a challenging fortnight. Djokovic overcame Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6(4) 7-6(5) in a repeat of their 2021 French...

Emotional Djokovic hails biggest victory of his life

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s Australian Open final was the “biggest victory” of his career, as he claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title and won back the hearts of the home fans a year after being deported from the country. Having arrived in Australia unvaccinated 12 months...

29th January

Yavala commends young bodybuilders

Fiji Bodybuilders and Fitness Federation vice-president is happy with the performance of young builders in the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022. Ratu Meli Yavala Navutovuto said it was good to see young people taking part in this sport. Despite the competition being canceled last year it did not dampen the spirit of these...

Sabalenka overpowers Rybakina for first Grand Slam win at Australian Open

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Aryna Sabalenka tamed her nerves to blast her way to a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakh 22nd seed Elena Rybakina on Saturday in a thrilling final featuring two power-hitters in the women’s game. Sabalenka’s 11th straight win of the...

28th January

Bodybuilders set to show muscles

Fiji Bodybuilding Federation will be hosting the 2023 Mr and Mrs Fiji competition at the Civic Centre at 5pm today. Vice-president for Fiji Bodybuilding Federation Meli Yavala, made this known during a weighing in session for competitors in Suva yesterday. “So we’re just taking the competitors’ weight to see who will be in what category,”...

27th January

Boost for volleyball

FIJI Volleyball Federation (FVF) received a boost in preparation for their first tournament of the year after Hot Bread kitchen gave $5000 to the federation. FVF president Kemueli Naiqama was present at the Hot Bread Kitchen headquarters in Lami yesterday to receive the cheque from Hot Bread Kitchen director Mere Samisoni. This will be the...

Iranian chess player who competed without hijab meets with Spanish PM

MADRID (Reuters) – An Iranian chess player who defected to Spain after she competed without a hijab and was warned not to return to her country met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid on Wednesday. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, 25, better known as Sara Khadem, arrived in Spain in early January. She had taken part...

24th January

Rainabogi sets Olympics target

FIJI weightlifter Taniela Rainibogi knows that his to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, he will need to put in a good performance at the 2023 Pacific Games. That is why the athlete from Cakaudrove has been hitting the gym through the festive season. The Pacific Games, which will be held in the Solomon Islands in...

Champs in pictures

An exhibition to promote sports in Fiji was organised by the French Embassy last week. The exhibition, “Champions”, showcased sports’ diversity and inclusivity. The embassy’s deputy head of mission, Laurence Brattin-Nerriere, said more than 100 French embassies and permanent representations on five continents had already chosen to join the “Terre de Jeux (Land of the...

Djokovic says pain-free win a boost for Australian Open title hopes

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said playing without pain for the first time at this year’s Australian Open on Monday had given him the belief that his hamstring would hold out in his hunt for a 10th title at Melbourne Park and 22nd major to match Rafa Nadal. The Serbian fourth seed,...

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