Fiji Games Pave Way For Mini Games & Commonwealth

Exciting times lay ahead for Beach Volleyball as they will be using the Fiji Games for the build up to the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in December in Vanuatu.

Mini Games section manager Josua Tulele said their main aim for Beach Volleyball is qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Tulele said they are looking to send a men's team to the AVC Beach Volleyball competition in Bali, Indonesia next month and the Fiji Games is a good platform to select the players who will be going.

"Competitions have been really good, the hiccup for volleyball is that we are having two tournaments going on this weekend including the Fiji Games," Tulele said.

"We have our business house competitions and most of our players are working so they have been opted to take part in that event leaving us with a less number of participants in the Fiji Games.

"We are trying to send a team to Bali to participate in the AVC competition next month as they have sent us an invitation.

"If everything goes well, it will be a good build up for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December.
"For us, the mini games will be really important for us because it is a qualification to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

"We are working on the boys fitness, I am not very happy with how we started off but I am lucky enough to know that we have three months to go before the Mini Games.

"We have had two fitness tests already, the last one was last week and that has given us a good indication on who we will be selecting for the tournament in Bali."

Beach Volleyball has taken the initiative to make sure that their competitions are up to international standard said Tulele.

"One of the main objectives we have set for ourselves is the setting up of the court itself, we need it to be exactly the same as what they have in international tournaments," he said.

"The place where they sit and rest after every set, the position of the referees are all important for the men and women to get used to.

"In past experiences, we have had players go to international tournaments and were not aware of the certain protocols that were put in place and that is something that we need to incorporate in the tournament."

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