Of­fi­cials look at Win­ter Games in­vite

Fiji Sun - - Sport - ANASILINI RATUVA anasilinir@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fi­jian As­so­ci­a­tion of Sports and Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (FASANOC) will dis­cuss on our par­tic­i­pa­tion for the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia’s, 8th Asian Win­ter Games in Sap­poro, Ja­pan next year. This was af­ter OCA con­firmed last Satur­day, in a me­dia state­ment that Ocea­nia ath­letes will also take part in the Games set for Fe­bru­ary, next year. FASANOC pres­i­dent Joseph Ro­dan Snr said yes­ter­day they would have di­a­logues to con­firm Fiji’s par­tic­i­pa­tion. “We will have dis­cus­sions with FASANOC ex­ec­u­tives to see whether it’s worth tak­ing part since we do not have win­ter sports in Fiji,” Ro­dan said. The OCA was ap­proached by the vice- pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee and pres­i­dent of the Australian Olympic Com­mit­tee John Coates dur­ing the OCA Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Viet­nam last month. Coates says “the Asian Win­ter Games of­fered win­ter sports ath­letes from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and other coun­tries in Ocea­nia the chance to join a high-level in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion on a neigh­bour­ing con­ti­nent and gain ex­pe­ri­ence in their at­tempts to qual­ify for the Olympic Win­ter Games.” Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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