Body show a hit in Suva

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Bodybuild­ing has tremen­dous po­ten­tial in Fiji if given proper guid­ance and plan­ning, says Al­bert Veeran. And the Lau­toka busi­ness­man wants to give back to the sport which has been very much part of his life over the years. He was the event or­ga­nizer of the 2016 Body­works Cham­pi­onship which was held at the Fiji Arts Club in Suva last Satur­day.

“I want to give back to the sport that is the foun­da­tion of my suc­cess over the years,”Veeran said. “We have tremen­dous po­ten­tial in Fiji and ath­letes need proper guid­ance. “The event over the week­end went re­ally well and I’m happy with the turnout.”

Six­teen ath­letes took part with seven com­pet­ing for the over­all Mr Body­works ti­tle, two fe­male ath­letes com­peted for the Body­works, Miss Fig­ure ti­tle and seven com­peti­tors tus­sled for the in­tro­duc­tory di­vi­sion – Body­works Men Open Physique di­vi­sion.

Veeran said spon­sors and ath­letes were happy with how well the com­pe­ti­tion was or­ga­nized. It was an emo­tional mo­ment for Suva cou­ple Rishi and Su­san Raj when Rishi Raj was name the Body­works Ex­traor­di­nary Ath­lete of 2016. Rishi also won the Un­der- 70 kg cat­e­gory and placed sec­ond over­all to winner Inoke Li­gairi who is also the cur­rent reign­ing cham­pion in Fiji and Pa­cific Games medal­ist.

Re­sults: Body­works Women’s Fig­ure – El­iz­a­beth Maki; Body­works men physique – Ja­son Reddy; Mr Body­works 2016 – Inoke Li­gairi. The event was spon­sored by: Neutech Elec­tri­cal, Anita Jewellers, Bula Velo Is­land Resort, Dev Kr­ishna (Aust), Mer­chant Fi­nance Ltd, Novo­tel Suva, Novo­tel Nadi, BLK and MANA.

Photo: Al­bert Veeran

Rishi Raj (left) And Inoke Li­gairi pose dur­ing the Body­works Cham­pi­onship at the Fiji Arts Club on Satur­day.

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