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8th December

Wairiki 7s: Smoking not allowed at the grounds

Smoking will not be allowed within the sports grounds at Wairiki, during this weeks Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival. Health officials have agreed with the organising committee that spot fines would be applied to those...

7th December

Sports grant – Commission pays $1.095m for coaches

The Fiji National Sports Commission paid $1.095 million in coaching grant to six sporting organisations in the country towards the employment of their coaches. This is stated in the commission’s annual report from August 2019 and July 2020 that was tabled in Parliament last week. The Fiji Football Association received its coaching grant for Fleming...

Exciting future looms for golf

Fiji’s leading amateur golfer Abid Hussain showed his class to take out the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship overall gross title at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course. Hussain set the early pace in the opening round on Saturday carding an even-par 69. He did not have all his way in the second round,...

Canada’s Andreescu to sit out Australian Open

TORONTO, Canada, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bianca Andreescu will not play in the Australian Open next month following a challenging spell brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, the former U.S. Open champion said on Monday. Andreescu, 21, said time isolating in quarantined hotels took a toll on her mentally and physically and that she...

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House has confirmed – a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures”. “US diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of...

U.S. officials to boycott Beijing Olympics – CNN

The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that U.S. government officials will not attend the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, CNN reported on Sunday. U.S. President Joe Biden said last month that he was considering such a diplomatic boycott to protest China’s human rights record, including what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims....

America’s Cup: Push for special meeting on a home defence called off

A special meeting due this week seeking to hold the next defence of the America’s Cup in home waters has been called off by the group of yacht squadron members opposing an offshore regatta. Former Team New Zealand board member Jim Farmer QC and 34 members of the Royal New Zealand Squadron (RNZYS) have decided not to...

Ross Taylor’s test place to come under scrutiny in first home test of the summer

How well Devon Conway’s broken hand heals could determine whether Ross Taylor’s test career is at an end. Taylor played the worst innings of a fantastic 15-year vocation with the Black Caps late on day three of the second test against India in Mumbai. Eight balls consisting almost exclusively of wild swings came to a predictable conclusion as...

6th December

730 players depart Suva for the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival

A total of 730 rugby, netball and volleyball players will depart Suva tonight for the highly anticipated Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival that is scheduled to begin this Wednesday in Taveuni. The teams are currently on board Lomaiviti Princess I awaiting departure at Narain Jetty in Walu Bay, Suva. All players underwent stringent COVID-19 screening...

Ajaz Patel’s 10 wickets hard to believe, says spinner’s proud father

The father of Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel says his son’s ‘unbelievable achievement’ of 10 wickets against India is just rewards for the work he has put into the sport. The Black Caps are staring at defeat in the second test in Mumbai but it hasn’t taken any shine off the monumental performance of Patel. He took ten wickets...

Russia beats Croatia to win Davis Cup after 15-year wait

Russia’s 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title ended Sunday after another clutch performance by Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the second singles match to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over Croatia in the final. It is Russia’s third Davis Cup title, and first since 2006. Andrey Rublev earlier...

Lewis Hamilton wins controversial and chaotic Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton passed Max Verstappen with six laps remaining Sunday to win the chaotic inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and pull even on points with his rival as Formula One’s thrilling championship race heads into the title-deciding finale. The race on the street circuit under the lights on the 30-kilometre coastal resort area in Jeddah...

Black Caps face heavy defeat to India in second test in Mumbai and series loss

This was a match too far, as the end of an unbeaten record looms for the Black Caps. The world test champions will end a wonderful year with a comprehensive defeat to India in the second test in Mumbai, bar an early Christmas miracle. Set an improbable target of 540 to win, New Zealand reached...

5th December

Hussain in the lead

Fiji’s leading amateur golfer Abid Hussain is the one to beat in the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course today. Hussain from Nadi set the early pace yesterday in the 36 holes event carding even par 69. Jainendra Prasad of the Fiji Golf Club scored 73 while home...

First ever Pacific Harbour marathon hailed a success

Over 150 runners from athletic clubs, groups of friends, families, corporates and community groups participated in the first ever Pacific Harbour 10 kilometre and half marathon event yesterday. Event organisers said that runners were encouraged to wear orange in support of the 16 days of activism campaign to end gender-based violence.   Race Director, Marita...

4th December

Boxing-Italian boxer Testa comes out as gay after Olympic success

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Irma Testa has come out as gay, saying her success at the Tokyo Games earlier this year gave her the strength to make her sexual orientation public. The 23-year-old boxer won bronze in the women’s featherweight category at Tokyo 2020. She previously competed at Rio 2016 where...

Djokovic still coy about playing in Australian Open

MADRID (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic is still uncertain whether he will take part in the 2022 Australian Open but will soon make a decision, the world number one said after Serbia’s 2-1 defeat by Croatia in the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday. Djokovic, 34, has repeatedly declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against...

U.S. supports WTA for call to suspend tournaments in China over Peng concerns

(Reuters) -The United States has said it ‘applauds’ the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for its decision to suspend tournaments in China over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai. The U.S. is monitoring the situation surrounding Peng and it has not seen or heard anything that allays its concerns for her well-being,...

Rarawai set to host top golfers

It will be a tight battle for the professional title during the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Golf Championship which started at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course today. Lautoka school teacher Roneel Prakash will defend the professional division. He will face stiff competition from the likes of in-form golfer Tomasi Tuivuna, Zoheer Ahmed and...

Tough chess battle

The 2021 World Chess Championship is an ongoing match between the reigning world champion since 2013, GM Magnus Carlsen, and the challenger GM Ian Nepomniachtchi to determine the World Chess Champion. The match has been decided to be a 14 round event at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be a...

Sister of man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia writes to Lewis Hamilton seeking help

The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother’s life. Zeinab Abu Al-Kheir told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Hamilton’s declaration two weeks ago in Qatar that F1 is “duty bound” to raise awareness on human...

3rd December

Black Pebbles set to host race

Labasa-based Black Pebbles team will hold its first kayaking water race at the Labasa River tomorrow. Team leader Jackson Tuvici said the response from participants have been overwhelming. “We have two categories which is the single race and a double so we have different prizes for the two categories,” he said. “Those who have opted...

Sorovaki, Ballu take the helm

Team Fiji has announced two appointments to spearhead Fiji’s campaign into next year’s Commonwealth and Mini Pacific Games at the Olympic House in Suva yesterday. Ajay Ballu has been appointed chef de mission to the 2022 Mini Pacific Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas in June with Sale Sorovaki to lead team Fiji as chef de...

Labasa golfers ready for Viti Levu battle

A total of seven players from Labasa will grace the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course this weekend to spice up the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship. These players include Ravendra Lal, Shivneel Goundan, Rajendra Prasad, Jitendra Sami, Daven Raman, Monish Raj and Anil Prakash. Along with football and rugby, golf is the other sport...

More high profile positive COVID tests

UFC President Dana White and Williams F1 principal Jost Capito have both tested positive for COVID-19. White says he and his immediate family tested positive following a Thanksgiving holiday together in Maine and they were now isolating. White, who said he is vaccinated, said he is feeling better and still hopes to attend this weekend’s...

150 teams to participate at Wairiki 7s carnival

A total of 150 teams will participate in next week’s Fiji Bitter Wairiki sevens carnival in the three sports of rugby, netball and volleyball. Despite not having the national sevens rugby team as they are in Dubai, organisers have assured participants and spectators to expect an exciting and tough competition. Organising committee coordinator Ioane Gade...

Konta retires

Former world number four Johanna Konta announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 30, saying she was grateful she got to live her dreams as a professional. Struggling for form and fitness this year, Konta dropped to 113th in the world and played her last tour match at the Cincinnati Open in August,...

Australian Open mandate isn’t about Novak Djokovic

The Australian Open’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is about protecting the community, not about “blackmailing” Novak Djokovic, a state government official said. Organisers of the year’s first Grand Slam have said all players would have to be vaccinated to take part, drawing criticism from world number one Djokovic’s father. “Under these blackmails and conditions, (Djokovic) probably...

Latham rises in rankings

The Black Caps opener Tom Latham has climbed into the top ten in the World Test batting rankings after knocks of 95 and 52 in the drawn first test against India. He is up from 14th to ninth place. Joe Root remains number one with Steve Smith two and Kane Williamson third. New Zealand fast...

2nd December

Mani ready to battle

Calgary, Canada-based Shiro Mani has jetted into his home course of Lautoka Golf Club to be part of the Shop N Save Supermarket-sponsored 90th Lautoka Open Golf Championship. Mani, who won the Calgary City match play in 2016, went on to win back-to-back club championship in 2020 and 2021 at The Canal Delacour. His strong...

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