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Cricket-Women’s cricket awaits birth of a superpower with game set to take off in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Women’s cricket looks poised to step out of the imposing shadow of the men’s game in India, and the rest of the world is bracing for the birth of a superpower...

2nd February

Cricket-Australia’s Khawaja flies out to India after visa approved

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia opener Usman Khawaja will join his test team mates in India later on Thursday following a delayed approval of his visa, Cricket Australia said. Pakistan-born Khawaja, named Australia’s test player of the year this week, was the only member of the squad unable to travel and missed a flight on Wednesday...

Olympics-Paris 2024 organisers will abide to IOC decision on Russia’s participation

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris 2024 organisers insisted they would abide by the International Olympic Committee’s decision on Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation in the Games after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the governing body into banning them from the sport’s extravaganza. Last week, the IOC said the Olympic Council of Asia had offered Russian and...

Ukraine on mission to ban Russia from Olympics, IOC says sanctions stand

KYIV (Reuters) -Ukraine hopes to secure widespread international support for banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paris Olympics in 2024 due to Moscow’s invasion, the sports minister said on Tuesday. Vadym Huttsait, 51, a former Olympic fencing champion, told Reuters the idea of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals was unacceptable....

1st February

Tennis-Djokovic played Australian Open with 3cm tear in hamstring, says Tiley

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic played with a three-centimetre (1.2 inches) tear in his hamstring during his run to a record-extending 10th Australian Open title, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Wednesday. The Serbian, who suffered the hamstring injury en route to winning the warm-up title in Adelaide, won the season-opening major after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas...

Fiji Finals: May date confirmed

The 2023 Coca-Cola Games will be held on May 11 to 13 during the term one school holidays, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association secretary Vuli Waqa says. Term one holidays will be from May 6 to 21, . The games will be held at the HFC Bank Stadium during the first week of the school...

National federations urged to keep to timelines

Team Fiji chef de mission to the 2023 Pacific Games Ajay Ballu is urging national federations to keep to timelines set by Team Fiji after their return from the chef de missions meeting in the Solomon Islands last year. “We appeal to national federations hoping to participate at the games to pay their bond, levies...

30th January

Suva gears up for volleyball event

Preparation for the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca Championship has been intense for the Suva Volleyball Association. Team official Jone Baleilomaloma said their final four teams’ training had been intense. “We have set our criteria and standard towards the national level and we want our players to adhere to those criteria which they have done,” he...

Raiwai ready for Vulaca

The Raiwai Volleyball Association is on track with its training as they prepare for the Vulaca Championship on Thursday and Friday. President Jim Rosse said they would be fielding six teams and they had to keep up with what the coaching panel had required of them. “Training has been intense as the competition dates are...

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy attacks effort to allow Russia back at Olympics

(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that allowing Russia to compete at the 2024 Paris Games was tantamount to showing that “terror is somehow acceptable”. “Attempts by the International Olympic Committee to bring Russian athletes back into the Olympic Games are attempts to tell the whole world that terror is somehow acceptable,”...

Kado dedicates win to daughters

First-time bodybuilder Cecilia Kado was crowned Mrs 2022 Fiji Bodybuilding championship last night. The mother of two dedicated her win to her young daughters. She said she was always health cautious and kept proper care of her health and physical condition. “I have two very young children and they are my main motivation,” she said....

Koroi reclaims Mr Fiji title

Onisivoro Koroi reclaimed the Mr Fiji title at the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022 on Saturday. The Mokani Tailevu gentleman said he had been part of the sport all of his life and to win the title is a big achievement. He has won the title five times. “Despite the cancellation of the...

Cleary’s place to escape

Some people use sports as a way out and as for Baszil Cleary, after going through a lot of depression, has a change of heart. He used bodybuilding to forget all that was in his mind and start to venture into a new journey. Bodybuilding has moulded him to be confident. Cleary was the youngest...

Tennis-Emotionally drained Djokovic savours happy end to difficult fortnight

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said shedding tears in his players’ box following victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open final on Sunday was the result of an emotional collapse following his huge display of mental strength in a challenging fortnight. Djokovic overcame Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6(4) 7-6(5) in a repeat of their 2021 French...

Emotional Djokovic hails biggest victory of his life

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s Australian Open final was the “biggest victory” of his career, as he claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title and won back the hearts of the home fans a year after being deported from the country. Having arrived in Australia unvaccinated 12 months...

29th January

Yavala commends young bodybuilders

Fiji Bodybuilders and Fitness Federation vice-president is happy with the performance of young builders in the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022. Ratu Meli Yavala Navutovuto said it was good to see young people taking part in this sport. Despite the competition being canceled last year it did not dampen the spirit of these...

Sabalenka overpowers Rybakina for first Grand Slam win at Australian Open

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Aryna Sabalenka tamed her nerves to blast her way to a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakh 22nd seed Elena Rybakina on Saturday in a thrilling final featuring two power-hitters in the women’s game. Sabalenka’s 11th straight win of the...

28th January

Bodybuilders set to show muscles

Fiji Bodybuilding Federation will be hosting the 2023 Mr and Mrs Fiji competition at the Civic Centre at 5pm today. Vice-president for Fiji Bodybuilding Federation Meli Yavala, made this known during a weighing in session for competitors in Suva yesterday. “So we’re just taking the competitors’ weight to see who will be in what category,”...

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