Chairman of the newly appointed executive board of the Fiji Sports Council, Gilbert Vakalalabure will also act as the interim chief executive of the council until the vacant position is filled.
The council will advertise the post after Litiana Loabuka decided not to renew her contract which ended on 5 March 2023.
The new board directors met in Suva yesterday.
The members of the board are: Chairman Vakalalabure; Deputy Chairman, Peter Mazey; Board Secretary, Joseva Sania; Nouzab Fareed; Della Shaw Elder; Rajesh Singh; Peniasi Sokia; Semesa Karavaki; Permanent Secretary for Finance, Shiri Krishna Gounder; and Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Rovereto Nayacalevu.
The appointees represent diverse backgrounds in sports, business, private sector, and public sector.
Vakalalabure said the members will be guided by the organisation’s strategic mission and policies to achieve, as a team, newer and more profitable endeavours.
“I am looking forward to seeing the transformation in how the Council conducts its business, as well integrating more sporting activities into our venues.”
Vakalalabure acknowledged the outgoing board of directors, who had been at the helm since 2010, led by former chairman Mazey.
“The Fiji Sports Council, under the outgoing board, was responsible for implementing key capital projects that included the upgrade of the National Stadium, re-development of the Vodafone Arena, FMF Gymnasium, the building of the Council head office, and the upgrade of the Lawaqa Park, including and the current refurbishment of the Aquatic Centre and National Hockey Centre.”
Vakalalabure also acknowledged the demise of past members of the executive board- Major Samisoni Kafoa (2015), Malakai Veisamasama (2016), Vijendra Sundar (2020), and Colin Philp (2021), and their contribution.