Com­mis­sion backs Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball

Fiji Sun - - Sports - JUS­TINE MANNAN Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: jus­tine.mannan@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion has given $60,000 to the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the 2016 Handy Fi­nance Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at Lau­cala Bay, Suva last Fri­day. Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Ne­mani Vu­ni­waqa said the spon­sor­ship has come at the right time and has al­lowed them to ful­fil their ini­tial bud­get plans for the tour­na­ment. “The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is re­ally grate­ful be­cause the $60,000 has come at the right time; so far we have col­lected around $120,000 in terms of spon­sor­ship and as­sis­tance,” Vu­ni­waqa said. “The bud­get we were work­ing on was com­ing up to $174,000, so if you add the $60,000 it comes up to $180,000 which is more than enough. “We know now that we will achieve what we have in­tended to do for this year’s cham­pi­onship.

“If you look at the bud­get, it is not only about hir­ing the venue; we look at the trans­porta­tion and com­ing up with a plan which is con­nected to the ac­com­mo­da­tion plan. “The teams that are com­ing from re­gional coun­tries have opted to stay in com­mu­nity halls. But th­ese coun­tries look up to Fiji, so the com­mit­tee agreed that it was best for the in­ter­est of the coun­try and in or­der to min­imise se­cu­rity risk, we would rather not put them in com­mu­nity halls but in ho­tels where se­cu­rity is guar­an­teed.

“This will guar­an­tee that af­ter this cham­pi­onship they can go back and say a few good words about Fiji.” Mean­while, Fiji Sports Com­mis­sion chair­man Peter Mazey said they are happy to sup­port vol­ley­ball as Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to host in­ter­na­tional events to move the coun­try for­ward. “The com­mis­sion has not given out much fund­ing this year af­ter what has hap­pened with Cy­clone Win­ston,” Mazey said. “But as ev­ery­body knows Govern­ment has made a very big com­mit­ment to the coun­try be­ing open for busi­ness and that we are very keen on host­ing in­ter­na­tional events. Other coun­tries tak­ing part are Kiri­bati, Samoa, Solomon Is­lands, New Cale­do­nia, Tu­valu and Tonga which will be from May 2-7 at the Voda­fone Arena in Suva.

Photo: Jus­tine Mannan

Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion chair­man Peter Mazey (left), hands over the cheque to the 2016 Handy Fi­nance Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Ne­mani Vu­ni­waqa.

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