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Coca Cola Games 2021

Coca Cola Games 2021

By fijivillage
Monday 12/04/2021
Action from the Coca Cola Games 2019, Senior girls 800m finals. [image: Fijivillage]

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month.


Antonio Raboiliku is helping MGM athletes for the Coca-Cola Games

By Dhanjay Deo
Tuesday 13/04/2021
Renowned athletics coach, Antonio Raboiliku. [Image: File Photo]

Renowned athletics coach, Antonio Raboiliku is now helping Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School athletes for the Coca-Cola Games.

Raboiliku is best remembered for guiding Jasper Williams High School to win the 2013 and 2014 Coke Games.

He then helped Adi Cakobau School to regain their top status and coached the girls from Sawani to win the 2019 Coke Games.

MGM will send 11 athletes to this year’s games.

An athlete to look out for will be Year 13 student, Veronika Baro who is a former ACS student.

Baro won gold in the senior girls triple jump and long jump events in the Coca Cola Suva Zone One.

Baro who was named the best female athlete in the Suva Zone One also set a new record in the senior girls triple jump event with a jump of 9.4 metres.

Nirav Kumar is another promising athlete as he also won two gold medals in the Coca-Cola Suva Zone One.

The year 9 student won the sub-junior boys 400 metres and 800 metres finals.

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The Coca-Cola Games will be held from next Thursday to Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.




Grandstand tickets for Coke Games sold out

By Naveel Krishant
Tuesday 13/04/2021
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Grandstand tickets for the Coca-Cola Games have been sold out while the concrete and grass embankment tickets are on sale.

Fiji Sports Council CEO Litiana Loabuka says they will continue to adhere to the 50% seating capacity for venues under the Ministry of Health Post COVID-19 Guidelines and given this, limited tickets are available.

The concrete embankment tickets are $12 while the grass embankment tickets are $10.

The Coke Games will be held from next Thursday at the ANZ Stadium.




Athletics Fiji competition at Churchill Park this Saturday

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 13/04/2021
Churchill Park, Lautoka. [image: Oceania Athletics Association]

Athletes living in and around the Lautoka area will have another chance to improve their performance at a Athletics Fiji Competition at Churchill Park this weekend.

It will give them the chance to gauge their performance before the Coca-Cola Games.

The Athletics Fiji Competition at Churchill Park will start at 11am this Saturday.

The events that will take place are the 1,500 metres, Long Jump, Shot Put, Javelin, 100 metres, 50 metres, 400 metres, Triple Jump and the relay events.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from next Thursday to Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.




Talenaua aims to replicate Tilesh Naidu’s Senior Boys 100 metres win for SVC

By Naveel Krishant
Tuesday 13/04/2021
Apenisa Talenaua aims to replicate what Tilesh Naidu did for Swami Vivekananda College. [image Supplied]

Apenisa Talenaua aims to replicate what Tilesh Naidu did for Swami Vivekananda College and win the Senior Boys 100 metres title at the Coca-Cola Games.

Talenaua ran a manual time of 10.69 seconds as he won the Senior Boys 100 metres title during the Nadi Zone.

Talenaua who is from Cakaudrove says he feels he will face stiff competition from Tevita Sokiveta of Suva Grammar School and Natabua’s Josevata Rasoi.

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He further says he is preparing well to give his best.

Former student Tilesh Naidu won back to back gold in the Senior Boys 100 metres race in 2000 and 2001.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from next Thursday to Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

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Ex-scholars of SVC help team with logistics ahead of Coke Games

By Naveel Krishant
Monday 12/04/2021
[Photo Credit: Rajesh Krishna Facebook]

Despite the effects of COVID-19 being felt in Nadi, ex-scholars of Swami Vivekananda College have stepped in to ensure that the logistics are taken care of as the school prepares for the Coca-Cola Games.

Team coach, Deepak Narayan says there are no issues for them as ex-scholars have helped them with their accommodation and other logistics.

Narayan says 50 athletes will be carrying the hopes of Swami Vivekananda College in the Coke Games.

Narayan says their strength is in the sprint events as they have good runners in the 100 and 200 metres.

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Narayan says they also have some good athletes in the high jump event as well.

One athlete to keep an eye on will be Senior Boys 100 metres athlete, Apenisa Talenaua who ran a manual time of 10.69 seconds in the Nadi Zone.

The Coke Games will be held from next Thursday to Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.




Less schools at this year’s Coke Games in comparison to 2019

By Naveel Krishant
Monday 12/04/2021
[image credit: Coca-Cola Games 2019]

The number of schools that will participate in this year’s Coca-Cola Games has decreased when compared to 2019.

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association Secretary Vuli Waqa says in 2019 they had about 120 schools.

Waqa says no schools from Macuata Zone 1 will be taking part while only 6 schools from Macuata Zone 2 are expected to feature.

RKS and ACS are the defending champions of the boys and girls divisions respectively.

More than 2,500 athletes are expected to feature at the Coke Games that will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr. James Fong says they have received the application from the organizers of the Coca-Cola Games to increase the seating capacity at the ANZ Stadium from 50% to 86%.

Dr.Fong says the application is under consideration however he cannot say when a decision is expected.

The committee made the application on Friday.




Coke Games organizers apply to increase the seating capacity from 50% to 86%

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 09/04/2021
[Image: File Photo]

The organizers of the Coca-Cola Games have today made an application to increase the seating capacity at the ANZ Stadium from 50 percent to 86 percent.

Coca-Cola’s Marketing Manager Lawrence Tikaram says they are hopeful they will receive some good news.

Tikaram says they also have to follow protocols to have a safe games.

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He further says he has been informed that the grandstand tickets have been sold out and this is based on the number of tickets that were printed.

The Coke Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.




Coca-Cola Games dedicated to all front-liners

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 09/04/2021
Coca-Cola’s Marketing Manager Lawrence Tikaram.

This year’s Coca-Cola Games will be dedicated to all the frontline workers who have worked hard to ensure Fiji is COVID contained.

Coca-Cola’s Marketing Manager Lawrence Tikaram says it is with their efforts they are able to host an event of this magnitude.

Tikaram says the Coke Games will become a beacon of hope to those who are battling COVID and look to Fiji and see how well we can return to life under the new normal.

He says the Coke Games is about respect, love, diversity, unity and sharing the success of the athletes.

The Coke Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.




2,500 athletes to feature in the Coca-Cola Games

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 09/04/2021

Close to 2,500 athletes are expected to participate in the 2021 Coca-Cola Games later this month.

This consists of 120 schools.

The Powerade National Torch was officially lit this morning by sponsors and students from RKS at the Coca-Cola factory at Laucala Beach.

RKS and ACS are the defending boys and girls champions respectively.





Cash prizes for overall winners and the winning schools in each grade of the 2021 Coca Cola Games

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 08/04/2021
Digicel Fiji gave a $8,000 sponsorship to the Coca Cola Games committee.

Digicel Fiji has announced that they will be awarding cash prizes to the overall winners and winning schools in each grade in the 2021 Coca Cola Games.

This is after Digicel Fiji gave an $8,000 sponsorship to the Coca Cola Games committee for the cash prizes and the preparation for the games this month.

The overall best male and female athletes will also be walking away with Digicel handsets.

Digicel Fiji CEO Farid Mohammed says this has given them the opportunity to work with the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association and Coca Cola to bring back the Coke Games after a lapse of one year.

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association General Secretary Vuli Waqa says they are very thankful for the donation.

The 2021 Coca Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.




Adi aims to win 3 gold medals for Lomary Secondary School

By Semi Turaga
Thursday 08/04/2021
Makereta Adi winning the Junior girls 1500m race at the 2021 Suva Zone II.

Lomary Secondary School's Makereta Adi is one of the top favourites for the long-distance events in the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium.

Adi won three gold medals in the Suva Zone 2 athletics meet.

She won gold medal in the Junior Girls 800 metres, Junior Girls 1,500 metres and 3,000 metres open.

Adi is aiming to win three gold medals in the Coca-Cola Games and challenge ACS and Jasper Williams High School.

Two other Lomary Secondary School athletes to look out for are Maria Ranadi who is the Suva Zone 2 Intermediate Girls 1,500 metres champion and Amele Likuwaqa who won gold in the Senior Girls 1,500 metres.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month.




Rasoqosoqo is one of the Blue Ribbon favourites

By Semi Turaga
Thursday 08/04/2021
[Image: Inosi Kania]

Ratu Kadavulevu School sprinter Nacani Rasoqosoqo is one of the favourites to win the Senior Boys 100 metres in the Coca-Cola Games at the end of this month.

Rasoqosoqo was given the Viti FM Best Male Athlete Award at the Tailevu Zone after winning gold in the Senior Boys 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres.

The last time an RKS athlete won the Blue Ribbon event was in 2019 and that was through Kolinio Radrudru.

Rasoqosoqo is one of 14 senior athletes in the RKS squad this year.

He ran for Ratu Navula College in the 2019 Coca-Cola Games and finished fifth in the Intermediate Boys 100 metres.

That Intermediate Boys 100 metres final at the 2019 Coca-Cola Games also featured Tevita Sokiveta who attended RKS at the time.

Sokiveta is now Suva Grammar School’s Senior Boys 100 metres champion.

RKS won the boy's division in 2019 with 14 gold, 11 silver and 35 bronze while Adi Cakobau School won the girl's division with 17 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze.

69 RKS athletes have been chosen to defend the title.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month.




The boy from Natabua looks solid – Tabakaucoro

By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 07/04/2021
Natabua High School sprinter Josevata Rasoi and Suva Grammar School sprinter Tevita Sokiveta.

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro says no one should be counted out in the Senior Boys 100 metres at the Coca-Cola Games this month.

Tabakaucoro has been watching some of the contenders for the Blue Ribbon event.

Some of the favourites for the Senior Boys 100 metres are Natabua High School sprinter Josevata Rasoi, Suva Grammar School sprinter Tevita Sokiveta, Josua Daudravuni of Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, Nacani Rasoqosoqo of RKS, Tevita Mocekinasau of SGS and Pranav Datt of Jai Narayan College.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.



Verekauta aims for Coca-Cola Games High Jump record

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 07/04/2021
St Joseph's Secondary School Year 13 student Reama Verekauta first from the left.

St Joseph's Secondary School Year 13 student Reama Verekauta is aiming to break the Coca-Cola Games Senior Girls High Jump record after winning gold in the Suva Zone 2 Athletics meet.

Verekauta jumped a height of 1.53 metres.

The Senior Girls High Jump record is held by Shawntell Lockington of Xavier College with a height of 1.68 metres set in 2019.

Verekauta says her aim coming into the zone was to break the record and with the jump she did, she is targeting the Coca-Cola Games record.

Fiji’s triple and long jump champion Eugene Volmer has been helping Verekauta with her preparations.

Reama is former 400 metres runner, Niko Verekauta’s sister.

Meanwhile St Joseph's Secondary School settled for second place in the 2019 Coca-Cola Games with 7 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.



Xavier College will rely on athletes like Raju and Lockington to spearhead their campaign in the Coca-Cola Games

By Dhanjay Deo
Tuesday 06/04/2021
Lisa Lockington and John Aryan Raju of Xavier College.

Year 12 Xavier College student, John Aryan Raju had a perfect build-up for the Coca-Cola Games after winning gold in the 5,000 metres Open Grade final in the Easter National Championships at the ANZ Stadium.

Raju will be competing in the Intermediate Boys 1,500 metres, 3,000 metres and 4x400 metres relay events in the Coca-Cola Games.

Raju won gold in the Junior Boys 1,500 metres and 3,000 metres events in the 2019 Games.

Another athlete to lookout for will be Year 13 student, Avikesh Raju who will be taking part in the Senior Boys 1,500m and 3,000m events.

He won gold in the Senior Boys 1,500 metres event in the Coca-Cola Ba Zone.

Xavier College will also be banking on Lisa Lockington as she has qualified to compete in the Intermediate Girls High Jump.

Lisa who is the younger sister of former Xavier College athlete, Shawntell Lockington won gold in the Junior Girls High Jump event in the 2019 Coca-Cola Games.

Xavier College Principal, Jalendra Prasad says they will focus on long-distance and field events to get them gold medals.

Prasad says 92 athletes have qualified to take part in the Games however they will be selecting close to 70 athletes to travel to Suva.

Xavier College won six gold medals in the 2019 Coca-Cola Games and finished fifth and fourth in the boys and girls divisions respectively.

The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the ANZ Stadium.


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