November 22, 2012
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Govt sets up inaugural Sports Commission

By Sunil Sharma

In a first Fiji’s Govt today announced the establishment of a National Sports Commission to cater and assist national sporting federation that intend to host international tournaments in Fiji.
 
The newly established commission was today allocated a grant of $1.5 million dollars in the Govt’s 2013 Budget announcement
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This allocation will also cover the cost of short term expert’s coachers and overseas sporting tours.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said $4.2 million will be directed to Fiji Sports Council to assist with the upgrade of the National Stadium to international standards.

“Once completed, the National Stadium will enhance Fiji’s ability to bid for and host regional and international sporting events. This will develop sports tourism,” Bainimarama said.

Government will also invest $2.7 million in an ambitious program to set up new integrated sporting facilities in rural communities, with the assistance of the Chinese Government.

“Further boost for sporting in the country sees more sporting facilities to be built in rural areas,” Bainimarama said.

Under this program, in 2013, three integrated sporting facilities will be built at Vunidawa, Seaqaqa and Rakiraki. And in 2014, an additional three will be built on Gau, Kadavu and at Korovou in Tailevu.

“The construction of these integrated sporting facilities will give those in the rural and maritime areas access to amenities which are currently only enjoyed by those living in the urban centers.

“We will commit $490,000 for various sporting activities, such as outreach programs, sporting tours, hosting of international tournaments and sports scholarships.”

An extra $200,000 was set aside for the development of sports grounds in rural communities.

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