2009 Jitendra Durga (JD) Maharaj

JD Maharaj

JD Maharaj was without doubt an “Administrator Extraordinaire.” He dedicated close to 40 years of distinguished service to sports at all
levels of administration and management with the Fiji Football Association, Suva Soccer Association, FASANOC, Sports Fiji Limited and
the 2003 South Pacific Games Organising Committee.

As an administrator of football, JD served the Suva Soccer Association and the Fiji Football Association. During his term of office with the FFA,
JD was the driving force that has seen Football rise to be one of the most popular sports in the country.

JD introduced four new tournaments; the Battle of the Giants, Fiji FACT, National Club Championship and the Fiji Cup Challenge, as well as strategic plans which were instrumental in securing the future of Football in Fiji. The schemes he introduced resulted in full time development coaches, training for the sport’s administrators and exposure of local players, coaches, referees and administrators to international competitions. He also guaranteed a solid financial future for Football through asset development, fundraising and sponsorship. JD will also be remembered
for creating the historic visit to Fiji by an Indian National Football team for a three match tour whilst he served as the founding CEO for
Sports Fiji Limited.

JD’s skills and knowledge as a football administrator were recognised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), who employed JD for his extensive knowledge of the region’s football associations. JD was also a FIFA qualified Futuro Course Inspector and Match Commissioner.

JD’s outstanding administrative skills were also recognised by FASANOC in his appointment as Chef de Mission for Teams Fiji to the South Pacific
Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.  As Chef de Mission of Team Fiji to the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, he led what was then the largest and most successful Fiji contingent to a Commonwealth Games. JD also served as Chairman of FASANOC’s Selection Justification and High Performance Commissions.

JD was the CEO of the 2003 South Pacific Games Organising Committee, which has been widely acknowledged as the biggest in terms of logistics and has been hailed as the most successful Games staged to date. In his role, JD led a massive logistical exercise which included over 5000 athletes and officials from 22 Pacific Island countries, 12 staff members, 300 committee/sub-committee members and over 3000 volunteers. JD must be given due credit for his exceptional work and contribution to the SPG, which were a national triumph.

Whilst JD sadly passed away in 2006, his legacy remains, and FASANOC is proud to posthumously confer the FIJI OLYMPIC ORDER to JITENDRA DURGA MAHARAJ.


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