Cikamatana saga: Fiji’s loss is Australia’s gain, says AWF president

Eileen Cikamatana takes a bow after breaking the world record with a clean and jerk of 150kg during the Australian National Junior Weightlifting Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday. Picture: SAM RUTTYN/ Sunday Telegraph

FIJI’S loss is Australia’s gain as champion Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana sets her sights on donning the green and gold colours.

“Eileen Cikamatana is a prodigy. We will do everything possible to assist her in achieving her ambition,” Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) president Sam Coffa said.

Cikamatana is not eligible for selection by Australia because she is not an Australian Citizen, but AWF chief executive officer Ian Moir hopes she will receive her Australian Citizenship and passport “very soon”.

“In that case, it is possible that we will see her compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said Mr Moir.

Read the full report in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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