Mazey: Safety Bub­ble Draws Sports Events

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - SIMIONE HAR­A­VANUA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Feed­back: simione.har­a­vanua@fi­jisun. com.fj Simione Har­a­vanua

Fiji could be host­ing some of the world’s big­gest sport­ing tour­na­ments in the near fu­ture.

Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Peter Mazey con­firmed this to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day in­di­cat­ing that talks are on­go­ing with these coun­tries.

“What we’re say­ing is that there is a lot of in­ter­est in the Pa­cific after it was seen as a bub­ble of safety and there are num­ber of coun­tries in the Pa­cific that are COVID-19 free,” Mazey said.

“At the mo­ment there’s con­fer­ences hap­pen­ing on­line in Fiji be­tween Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries. They are start­ing to talk about the Pa­cific Is­land bub­ble and part of that bub­ble is very much going to be sports. “World­wide sports is now look­ing at other al­ter­na­tives and Fiji has now been con­tacted by huge in­ter­na­tional sport­ing bod­ies in Amer­ica to look at mov­ing their whole tour­na­ment here to the Pa­cific where it is safe to con­duct.”

Mazey said for coun­tries like Fiji where we had con­trolled the COVID-19 pan­demic has been recog­nised around the world.

‘We are get­ting calls and we are cer­tainly work­ing with Tourism Fiji, In­vest­ment Fiji and other rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions. ‘We’ve had phone calls from New Zealand and North Amer­ica to see the pos­si­bil­ity of maybe send­ing teams here for com­pe­ti­tions or to come over for train­ing,” he said. Mean­while, Mazey said there are plans of set­ting up camps for the Fi­jian 7s rugby team who are the de­fend­ing Olympic cham­pi­ons. This is to pre­pare them for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

“There is also pos­si­bil­ity that one or two coun­tries would love to come and base their train­ing camps here.

“At the mo­ment they can’t do it be­cause of the quar­an­tine prob­lems but we are cer­tainly look­ing into it,” he said.

“I be­lieve what the teams from these coun­tries want is to play with our lo­cal teams.”

Photo:

Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Peter Mazey (sit­ting from left) with di­rec­tor Youth, Sports and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Philip Hener­iko and mem­bers of the nine sport­ing fed­er­a­tions after re­ceiv­ing their Sports Safe Fiji ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the Min­istry of Youth and Sports con­fer­ence room in Suva on August 6,2020.

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