‘New’ sports bub­ble?

Fiji, NZ to es­tab­lish sport­ing cir­cuit? In­volves more sports and not only rugby. Big boost for lo­cal pro­vin­cial teams, clubs. No Su­per Rugby game here in 2020.

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - SIMIONE HAR­A­VANUA SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

The Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tives are ex­plor­ing av­enues of es­tab­lish­ing a sport­ing cir­cuit which in­volves Fiji and New Zealand. This was re­vealed yes­ter­day by Com­mis­sion chair­man, Peter Mazey, who also con­firmed that Fiji would not be host­ing a Su­per Rugby game, this year.

Speak­ing to SUNs­ports, Mazey who is also the Fiji Sports Council ex­ec­u­tive chair, said dis­cus­sions are on the way to have New Zealand pro­vin­cial teams and clubs play­ing against their Fi­jian coun­ter­parts. “No, we are not hav­ing Su­per Rugby this year but it’s not to say that we are not talk­ing about other things,” he said.

“That is part of our dis­cus­sions with New Zealand. I don’t think it’s go­ing to be called Su­per Rugby for very long.

“Talk­ing to New Zealand they are cer­tainly very keen in a Fi­jian team to be part of what­ever their new tour­na­ment is.

“We maybe have pro­vin­cial games played in Fiji. Games such as foot­ball, rugby, net­ball or any other sport. It’s not only rugby.

“The dis­cus­sions we had ear­lier on is maybe Waikato, Manuwatu play­ing Nadi or Lau­toka rugby the same will be for the net­ball teams.”

Mazey said it’s al­most like Fiji be­ing part of the New Zealand cir­cuit or New Zealand be­com­ing part of our cir­cuit.

“I think be­cause there has been a lot of changes. I think the whole world has looked at things dif­fer­ently even there was no men­tion of why now?

“This is be­cause New Zealand can’t play in the North­ern Hemi­sphere at the mo­ment ei­ther they can’t even go to Aus­tralia to play so who are they go­ing to play with. “It’s been a on the draw­ing board for quite some time so we need to spread sports more and not just the na­tional teams.”

Safe sports ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Mean­while, 11 sport­ing bod­ies re­ceived their Safe Sports Fiji ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Com­mis­sion.

The sports are rugby, ten­nis, squash, bowls, karate, gym­nas­tic, foot­ball, yacht­ing, cy­cling Fiji, cricket, bowl­ing and Aussie rules.

Mazey said the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties were on the sport­ing bod­ies now. “Gov­ern­ment has stressed the new guide­lines and mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing is in place. Our pro­to­col as sport­ing bod­ies is to put it and say now we are cer­ti­fy­ing all sport­ing bod­ies,” he said.

“This will as­sists them in been part of these in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments and also it shows that they have fol­lowed Gov­ern­ment guide­lines and pro­to­cols.

“They will now con­duct safe train­ing for the teams be­fore they move to smaller clubs.”

Cricket Fiji has con­firmed that the T10 Bula Bash League gets un­der­way at Albert Park, Suva and Nadi’s Na­maka Pub­lic School on Satur­day.

The event will be from June 27 to July 25.

Photo: SCMP

Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian 7s winger Amini­asi Tuimaba is tack­led by Joe Web­ber of New Zealand dur­ing last year’s Hong Kong 7s. Over the years Fiji and NZ are ri­vals dur­ing the World Sevens Se­ries.

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