March 15, 2017
The countdown has begun for the 2017 Coca Cola Games with the official lighting of the Games torch and commencement of the Torch Relay today in Suva.
The Games Torch Relay which will last for the next four weeks will reach out to 76 schools this year including 14 new schools and the islands of Malolo and Beqa.
Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association Secretary General Vuli Waqa said this year’s Games would be exciting and entertaining and should produce tremendous results with Western athletes now having access to synthetic tracks at Churchill Park.
“We have officially started the buildup to the games with the lighting of the Torch today and we welcome Digicel Fiji who have joined in as sponsors for the Powerade National Torch Relay.”
“With their sponsorship, we will be reaching out to more schools and communities this year. We will also be taking the Torch to the interior areas on mainland as well as to the islands and this will give an opportunity to parents and families of athletes to be part of the Games atmosphere as most of them will not be able to come to the finals in Suva.”
Digicel Fiji Chief Executive, Mr Darren McLean said they are excited to be part of the largest sports gathering in the country and this is a milestone achievement for them.
“We have signed on as major sponsors of the Powerade National Torch Relay for the first time in the history of the Coca Cola Games.”
“The team is looking forward to supporting the Relay which will be going to 79 schools – and to most towns, villages and communities in the country. This will give us a great opportunity to reach out to our customers in remote areas and provide them the chance to feel being part of the Coca Cola Games.”
Meanwhile the Games Torch was lit by Sainimere Vakacegu- an employee of Coca-Cola Amatil who has been with the company for the last 39 years.
Athletes of Nasinu Secondary School commenced the Torch Relay from the Coca-Cola Amatil factory in Laucala Beach before passing it to athletes of Assembles of God High School.
The Torch Relay continues this afternoon in Suva and will move to the Western Division tomorrow to athletes of Sigatoka and Nadi schools.
The Coca-Cola Games will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on April 21 and 22.
By Reginald Chandar