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30th January

Tennis-Emotionally drained Djokovic savours happy end to difficult fortnight

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said shedding tears in his players’ box following victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open final on Sunday was the result of an emotional collapse following his huge display...

Emotional Djokovic hails biggest victory of his life

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s Australian Open final was the “biggest victory” of his career, as he claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title and won back the hearts of the home fans a year after being deported from the country. Having arrived in Australia unvaccinated 12 months...

29th January

Yavala commends young bodybuilders

Fiji Bodybuilders and Fitness Federation vice-president is happy with the performance of young builders in the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022. Ratu Meli Yavala Navutovuto said it was good to see young people taking part in this sport. Despite the competition being canceled last year it did not dampen the spirit of these...

Sabalenka overpowers Rybakina for first Grand Slam win at Australian Open

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Aryna Sabalenka tamed her nerves to blast her way to a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakh 22nd seed Elena Rybakina on Saturday in a thrilling final featuring two power-hitters in the women’s game. Sabalenka’s 11th straight win of the...

28th January

Bodybuilders set to show muscles

Fiji Bodybuilding Federation will be hosting the 2023 Mr and Mrs Fiji competition at the Civic Centre at 5pm today. Vice-president for Fiji Bodybuilding Federation Meli Yavala, made this known during a weighing in session for competitors in Suva yesterday. “So we’re just taking the competitors’ weight to see who will be in what category,”...

27th January

Boost for volleyball

FIJI Volleyball Federation (FVF) received a boost in preparation for their first tournament of the year after Hot Bread kitchen gave $5000 to the federation. FVF president Kemueli Naiqama was present at the Hot Bread Kitchen headquarters in Lami yesterday to receive the cheque from Hot Bread Kitchen director Mere Samisoni. This will be the...

Iranian chess player who competed without hijab meets with Spanish PM

MADRID (Reuters) – An Iranian chess player who defected to Spain after she competed without a hijab and was warned not to return to her country met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid on Wednesday. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, 25, better known as Sara Khadem, arrived in Spain in early January. She had taken part...

24th January

Rainabogi sets Olympics target

FIJI weightlifter Taniela Rainibogi knows that his to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, he will need to put in a good performance at the 2023 Pacific Games. That is why the athlete from Cakaudrove has been hitting the gym through the festive season. The Pacific Games, which will be held in the Solomon Islands in...

Champs in pictures

An exhibition to promote sports in Fiji was organised by the French Embassy last week. The exhibition, “Champions”, showcased sports’ diversity and inclusivity. The embassy’s deputy head of mission, Laurence Brattin-Nerriere, said more than 100 French embassies and permanent representations on five continents had already chosen to join the “Terre de Jeux (Land of the...

Djokovic says pain-free win a boost for Australian Open title hopes

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said playing without pain for the first time at this year’s Australian Open on Monday had given him the belief that his hamstring would hold out in his hunt for a 10th title at Melbourne Park and 22nd major to match Rafa Nadal. The Serbian fourth seed,...

23rd January

Prasad takes out snooker title

Sahil Prasad took out the South Seas Club Trustees-sponsored 2023 Snooker Championship after defeating surprise finalist Rajnesh Nand 3-0. Nand proved to be the dark horse of the tournament, defeating Roneil Sami in the quarter-finals and former Fiji B Grade champion Krishneel Naicker in the semi-finals to reach the grand stage. Prasad, a Fiji rep,...

Agility test for squash players

Squash Fiji is working towards selecting its team for the Oceania Squash Closed Championship which will be held in Nadi from October 3-11 this year. Newly-appointed pathways and development coach Reginald Pal and his team of coaches which include Andrew McGoon and Gerald Young took emerging and national training squad members through an agility test...

Teenager clinches national blitz championship

Rudr Prasad secured the 2023 Vodafone Fiji National Blitz Chess Championship title at the Olympic House in Suva two weeks ago. Prasad, who is a Provisional FIDE Master, went unbeaten with a score of 11/12, ahead of top-seed Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar who came 2nd with 10/12 and CM Goru Arvind who was thir...

Ryan to make Fiji chess debut

Ryan Lyons will be making his international debut for Fiji when he competes during the 2023 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship in Melbourne, Australia this week. Joining Lyons is his sister and Fiji’s top ranked women’s player Kieran, Fiji national champions Taione Sikivou and Tanvi Prasad, and Yash Maharaj. Fiji Chess Federation general secretary Goru Arvind...

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