FBSA To Kick Off Annual Competitions With Fiji Games

The Fiji Baseball and Softball Association (FBSA) will kick off their club competitions with the Fiji Games that started on September 8-9, 2017 at the USP Grounds.

With close to 100 athletes taking part in the Fiji Games, FBSA development officer Inoke Niubalavu said

"The Fiji Games is to start our club competition for the next four months," Niubalavu said.

"For the past five years we have been focusing on our community based programs which is proving to be a success.

"Our young athletes have shown developmental growth with their understanding of the game and skills wise as well.

"Our programs have developed these pathways for our athletes from U12, U15, U18 and seniors competition.

"In January next year, we will compete at our first regional competition. Our U15's will showcase themselves against top teams from the Oceania continent.

"So competitions like the Fiji Games provides a good platform for us to gauge our players and see where they are at, at the moment.

"Preparations are going well​, teams are preparing themselves as our athletes look forward to this biannual competition.

"Teams from Nadi and Lautoka have shown interest to join the competition as well, so there will be good mix of young and old; we will have around 50 plus males and 40 plus female players."

Baseball and softball being a relatively minor sport in the country, Niubalavu said this will be an opportune time to assess players for future regional competitions.

"The Fiji Games will provide a good platform towards the development of our Baseball and Softball athletes," he said.

"As we will be assessing all our athletes through their performances for future National team age group regional competition.

"Just being part of the Fiji Games as a whole will boost our public relations and maybe be those that are not aware of our sports will be interested to tryout in future."

Over 1,000 athletes across 17 sports will be taking part in the Fiji Games which will be held on September 7-10.

The Fiji Games is a multisport event hosted by FASANOC with funding support from the International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity Program and the Commonwealth Games Federation Development Grant.


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