Fiji Sun : 2020-07-26

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FIJI SUN | SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 26 SPORTS Our Karate Man Chases Olympic Dream SIMIONE HARAVANUA SUVA T evita Tamani is grateful that Karate has been included as an Olympic sport for the first time. And the 24-year-old Nakobo, Cakaudrove native is keen to represent Fiji at the Tokyo Olympic Games, next year. Olympic Karate will feature two types of events, Kumite and Kata. Sixty competitor­s will compete in the Kumite competitio­n, and 20 will compete in the Kata event. Both divisions of the competitio­n will be split 50/50 between men and women. “It’s really great that karate has been included in the Olympic Games,” he said. “We were halfway through our qualificat­ions round before the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year,”he said. “I competed in Dubai, Austria and Australia.” “COVID-19 gave me a second chance to prepare well and improve on areas that I need to work on. “Small things like physical strength and mental preparatio­ns are tough but I will have to work on those areas during this one year period. “I will have to change my diet and this is an opportunit­y for me to really improve and make a mark. Going forward my aim is to improve and become a better athlete than what I am today. “I was getting closer into qualifying for the Olympics because there were two more competitio­ns. “I’m really excited to be part of the Olympic Games and to be given the opportunit­y to show my capabiliti­es and talents to represent Fiji.” Family support “I’m the first from my village and family to play Karate so the support is huge,” he said. “My family really motivate me, giving me space for training and healthy meals in my diet.” Edited by Osea Bola Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj Naitasiri Women score bonus point win over Lautoka SEREANA SALALO with Litiana Lawedrau and flanker Lavenia Tinai touching down. Tinai also converted one of the tries before they got a penalty try. Naitasiri 24-0 Lautoka Lautoka opened the second half with a try to Vani Buileka as they trailed 24-5. Naitasiri maintained with Tinai scoring her second try. Naitasiri captain, Sereima Leweniqila said: “We thank God for the win, we have now set a standard for the rest of the game. We were also warned a lot about the new tackle rules.” NAUSORI T Halftime: he Naitasiri Women’s rugby team dominated their clash against Lautoka with a bonus point 29-5 win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, yesterday. But Naitasiri coach Elenoa Kunatuba was far from happy as indiscipli­ne crept into their play which saw three of her players being yellow carded. Comment: What happened: Naitasiri started strongly scoring three tries and also got a penalty try. Naitasiri fullback Vilimaina Drotini scored the first try in the 14th minute with the conversion missing. Naitasiri extended their lead Edited by Osea Bola Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

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