Koya: We’re Proud To Host Sport­ing Events

Fiji Sun - - Sport - LI­TIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI Edited by Leone Cabenatabua li­tia.tiko­mailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Fiji is proud to be host­ing pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events. That was the gist of the mes­sage from the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Min­eral Re­sources, Faiyaz Koya when he opened the Ocea­nia Beach Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at Smug­glers Cove Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day. “We are proud to host such a pres­ti­gious event,” Koya said.

“This is adding to Fiji’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity as a pre­ferred host of in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events. We are home to some of the most renowned in­ter­na­tional events, such as Fiji In­ter­na­tional (PGA) Tour, World Surf­ing League and Su­per Rugby, the in­clu­sion of Beach Vol­ley­ball is an ad­di­tional feather on our cap.”

He said this is the kind of in­ter­na­tional event Fiji needs to at­tract in order to show­case our lo­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties in host­ing more in­ter­na­tional and world class com­pe­ti­tions. “While the venues and the courts are in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful, be re­minded that this is only the frac­tion of what Fiji has to of­fer. “Our many beau­ti­ful is­lands and sandy beaches, along with our unique hospi­tal­ity ac­corded by our peo­ple, truly make Fiji a spe­cial place.

“The tourism in­dus­try is of strate­gic im­por­tance to the Fi­jian econ­omy, be­cause of its high ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment, it is built on the com­mit­ment and be­lief in our in­dus­try stake­hold­ers,”

Koya said beach vol­ley­ball is a sport that would be a force to be reck­oned with. “It is dom­i­nated by both males and fe­males in the 19 to 35 years age cat­e­gory who are most likely to have young fam­i­lies, hence mak­ing beach vol­ley­ball a very fam­ily and com­mu­nity friendly-sport. Beach vol­ley­ball is a fast grow­ing sport in the world, al­though rel­a­tively small in Fiji in terms of be­com­ing a main­stream sport­ing event.

“I would like to thank Fiji Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion and Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball for suc­cess­fully se­cur­ing an in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event, in its ef­forts to pro­mote beach vol­ley­ball in Fiji and to the global beach com­mu­nity.” Al­to­gether 20 teams from eight coun­tries are par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s cham­pi­onship, which starts on Thurs­day.

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni

Fi­jian Blue’s Miji Na­borisi spikes against Aus­tralia yes­ter­day.

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