Rodan pleased with athletes performance

Athletics Fiji President Joseph Rodan Senior is happy with the performances the athletes have put out on day two of the Fiji Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today.

Rodan said the Fiji Games has been a huge part of the athletes build up who are not only taking part in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan next week but also for the upcoming Pacific Mini Games at the end of the year in Vanuatu.

"The second day of the Fiji Games has been really good, the times and the distances that we have achieved so far is really encouraging," Rodan said.

"Although this is the Fiji Games, this is the final preparation for our team that is going to Asia next week and a lot of them are using this as their final preparation.

"All the other athletes are using this as a build up towards the Mini Games at the end of the year; the athletes that we have here are those who have athletics at heart and have performed well in events throughout the year.

"We see most of them are back here and they have organised themselves pretty well and their clubs have really supported them a lot.

"The times for the 100 metres, 400 metres and even the 800 metres are really good, likewise with the 110 metre hurdles.

"So judging by the overoll performances, we have improved a lot and I am looking at better times next week when we have our final trials to select our team for the Pacific Mini Games."

Athletics Fiji will be concentrating on quality of athletes to send to the Pacific mini Games and not the quantity said Rodan.

"We are going for quality this time, not quantity, even if we have about 10 athletes we believe that will go out there and win medals for us we will take 10 athletes," he said.

"In the Oceania and Melanesian Games last year we had roughly about 150 athletes representing Fiji but this time around to the Mini Games, we will be looking at only quality athletes.

"The athletes are fully aware of this and with their coaches they are really working hard to ensure that they qualify for the games."

Rodan praised FASANOC on their contribution towards the games and believes the organisation of such a prestigious event will draw in more athletes.

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