FIJI will be sending one of the highest number of athletes to the Vanuatu Pacific Mini-Games in December.
A total of 153 athletes will be selected from 11 sports disciplines comprising of archery, athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, football, golf, table tennis, tennis and weight lifting.
Fiji’s Chef De Mission, Wayne O’Connor said the national sport federations are making preparations for the games.
He said the final list of athletes will be selected from the Fiji Games in September.
“It is the final attempt by athletes to prove to their national federation officials and selectors that they are the athletes to be chosen, because of their brilliant performance,” he said.
Mr O’Connor said the preparation and training is important as athletes need balance nutrition, focused training and mental preparedness.
He also said Team Fiji aims to reclaim its number one position in the event.
“Every national federation of sports in Fiji have been challenged by the Gold medal win in Rio 2016,” he said.
About one million dollars will be spent in sending the team to the games.
Meanwhile, reports obtained from the Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games headquarter in Port Vila, Vanuatu has stated that preparations for the 10th Pacific Mini Games have been in full swing.
Mrs Relvie Poilapa, the Games Community Relations and Special Events Supervisor said preparations is going well.
She said over 2500 athletes and officials from 24 nations including Australia and New Zealand are expected in Vanuatu in December.
She said the 2017 games is expected to surpass the first ever Pacific Mini Games hosted in Vanuatu in 1993.
Mrs Poilapa said in 1993 there were only six sports disciplines while this year’s event will cater for 14 sports disciplines and a higher number of people.
“We want to showcase Vanuatu and prove to other regional countries that we can host a major sporting event successfully,” she said.
Story by Mathew Walter.