Fiji Glad To Host: Tuitubou

Fiji Sun - - Sport - OSEA BOLA Edited by Marika De­lai. Feed­back: os­eab@fi­jisun.com.fj

Laise­nia Tuitubou said Fiji was grate­ful to host the Handy Fi­nance Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship which started at the Voda­fone Arena in Suva yes­ter­day. The Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports made the com­ment in of­fi­cially wel­com­ing the seven par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions from the re­gion. “You are here maybe be­cause it has been quite a while since you have been given the op­por­tu­nity to visit Fiji again,”Tuitubou said.

“In­deed, we are quite ex­cited too be­cause it has been af­ter 26 years since Fiji has been given the op­por­tu­nity to host this event. We are in­deed proud to host this year’s Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship. “I thank the Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball board of di­rec­tors for al­low­ing our coun­try Fiji this golden op­por­tu­nity to host this event.

“Most of us feel that sport is just but a sim­ple game, it is much more than just a game. It sym­bol­ises a be­gin­ning of some­thing, a dream for an in­di­vid­ual, and for a team, it also has an end which we all look for­ward to when we com­pete in a com­pe­ti­tion, ei­ther a win or a lose. Sport sig­ni­fies re­newal, as well as change.” He said the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to sports de­vel­op­ment and has em­braced the idea of a broader trans­for­ma­tion of sports struc­tures.

“As a re­sult, the es­tab­lish­ment of the Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion came into be­ing to specif­i­cally in­sti­tute a clear and man­age­able frame­work to guide and en­hance the de­liv­ery of sports pro­gramme in the coun­try, in­clud­ing the sport of vol­ley­ball.” Kiri­bati, Samoa, Solomon, New Cale­do­nia, Tuvalu, Tonga and Fiji will be chal­leng­ing each other for the top po­si­tions. There are a to­tal of 17 teams of eight (8) men’s and nine (9) women’s teams. Tuitubou said there was noth­ing more to any­thing that when you play, re­alise your po­ten­tial, be­lieve in your­self and play to the best of your abil­ity. “As you com­pete for the vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship, re­mem­ber to be a good am­bas­sador, be hum­ble in vic­tory and be gra­cious in de­feat.”

The fi­nals will be played on Satur­day.

Photo: Jus­tine Man­nan

Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou of­fi­cially opens the 2016 Handy Fi­nance Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships at the Voda­fone Arena in Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Ac­tion from the Samoa-Tonga match dur­ing the 2016 Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at the Voda­fone Arena last night.

Ac­tion from the Tonga - Samoa match dur­ing the 2016 Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at the Voda­fone Arena last night. Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Fiji Blues cel­e­brates af­ter beat­ing Solomon Is­lands- B in the 2016 Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at the Voda­fone Arena last night. Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai.

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