The Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru says sports has been identified as a key revenue earner in the Fijian economy through inward remittance.
This comes through the many athletes that secure lucrative rugby contracts where they ply their trade and send in money to their families.
Saukuru made this comment while highlighting the importance of formal and informal education to the Namosi Secondary School student during the Namosi Under 19 “Vakacirisalusalu” on Friday.
“Sports is not bad. While it helps with keeping you healthy, it is also a source of income for many in the Country,” he said.
He encouraged students to pursue their dreams in their respective sports and maximise their potential for a secure future.
“Use sports to advocate against the use of drugs in sports and for leisure and let’s all contribute to a sporting future free of drugs in any form.”
“Your active participation and engagement at the community level are also important elements towards youth empowerment.”
Minister for Local Government and Housing Maciu Nalumisa and the Permanent Secretary of Youth and Sports Rovereto Nayacalevu were also present at the event.