What a better start to the year for up and coming athletes than to participate at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in the Bahamas in July.
The CYG are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth countries between the ages of 14 and 18 years.
Team Fiji is anticipating participation in sevens sports including athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, judo, rugby sevens , swimming and tennis.
"At the moment the Team Fiji position of Chef de Mission to the 2017 CYG is still open and as advertised, closes on January 15, 2017," said FASANOC Chief Executive Lorraine Mar.
She commented that the CYG is as much a pathway for team officials as they are for athletes and in terms of team officials, National Federations have been encouraged to nominate officials who are also targeted for other 2017 and 2018 Team Fiji commitments.
With total athletes restricted to 1,000, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in turn restricts numbers per country. Fiji has been allocated 8 places only across the individual sports and the relevant national federations have been informed accordingly. Beach Volleyball and Rugby 7s competitions are restricted to 12 and 6 teams respectively and therefore Fiji’s inclusion in these sports is subject to a final decision by the CGF.
Ms Mar added that as with the team officials, the Commonwealth Youth Games are a pathway for athletes targeting selection for Team Fiji for the Pacific Mini Games being held in Vanuatu later in the year in December in Vanuatu," she said.
Team Fiji participated at the 2015 CYG which was held in Apia, Samoa with Team Fiji Weightlifting winning two gold and two silvers and Team Fiji Women's Rugby winning a bronze medal.
Last Modified on 04/01/2017 07:27