Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan speaks to The Fiji Times yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Athletics Fiji to select national squad

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

 

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THE first of the three national trials to pick a national athletics squad will happen on Saturday as all major sporting bodies are concentrating on the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan said the new administration was looking to take athletics where it used to be and the roadmap starts with the Pacific Games.

"Athletics is not what it used to be. We have very few senior athletes left and the performance in the Mini Games was not satisfactory in terms of the overall team performance," Rodan said.

"We have a plan but it will take time. First things first, our first national trial will happen this weekend followed by one in March and finally in the Easter weekend.

"We are a new administration and we want all athletes, even the long distance ones based in the West to be part of this trial so we have a fair idea on what our team looks like."

Rodan said the plan for now was to take 25 athletes to PNG and 10 specialised coaches for the different disciplines.

He said Fiji was a powerhouse in regional athletics and if everything went according to plan, over time, Fiji would achieve that status again.

He mentioned that senior athletes such as Leslie Copeland were already in training and is hoping that others have been training.

According to Rodan, more competition would be introduced to ensure that athletes are given the chance to test themselves week in and week out.

The first trial will be held at the ANZ Stadium this weekend.

Source: Fiji Times