Min­istry, not rain, stops Rewa Gal­axy Kaji Rugby Tour­na­ment

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Only an or­der by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts stopped the Rewa Galazy Kaji Rugby com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day. The com­pe­ti­tion was con­tin­u­ing in the rain when the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Iowane Poni­pate Tiko gave the or­der to can­cel the tour­na­ment. Mr Tiko said it was common sense to do it in the in­ter­est of the boys’ health and safety be­cause of the ad­verse weather.

The 2016 Rewa Gal­axy Kaji Rugby tour­na­ment has been can­celled due to the bad weather and poor ground con­di­tions. Games were called off yes­ter­day at the ANZ Stadium mid-way through the com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Ioane Poni­pate Tiko.

“It’s not the kind of weather the kids should be play­ing in,” Tiko said. “We are wor­ried about the chil­dren’s health and it is common sense that can­celling the games to­day is the right thing to do.”

Ini­tially the com­pe­ti­tion was sup­posed to re­sume to­day at dif­fer­ent venues but the sec­ond meet­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon with Fiji Pri­mary Schools Kaji As­so­ci­a­tion, district man­agers and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous to can­cel the tour­na­ment. Fiji Pri­mary Schools Kaji Rugby vice- pres­i­dent Sikeli Vo­sailagi said the pre­vail­ing bad weather and un­avail­abil­ity of grounds around Suva has forced them to call of the tour­na­ment.

“Af­ter the meet­ing, we have all agreed to can­cel the tour­na­ment be­cause the kids’ safety are at risk,” Vo­sailagi said. “On Mon­day we started late, we thought about post­pon­ing but de­cided to go through with the tour­na­ment with hopes that the con­di­tions would have im­proved.

“We were also think­ing about hav­ing games in other grounds around Suva but none are avail­able so the only op­tion is for us to call off the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion.

“This is def­i­nitely some­thing we can learn from for fu­ture games. We need to put in a good plan to en­sure that the games next year will go smoothly even if we have to shift it to the West,” he said. “We do apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience, es­pe­cially those who have trav­elled a long way to be here.”

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Namosi and Gau bat­tle it out in the U10 grade of the Rewa Gal­axy Kaji rugby com­pe­ti­tion at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Ac­tion between Namosi and Gau U10 grade dur­ing the Rewa Gal­axy Kaji rugby com­pe­ti­tion at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yes­ter­day.

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