29th finish for Fiji in Commonwealth Games 2022

Fiji wrapped up their Commonwealth Games 2022 outing ranked 29th eight places behind their 2018 Games ranking and one that Team Fiji Chef De Mission Sale Sorovaki says doubles as a learning curve for athletes who participated.

The national side rounded off their Birmingham Games 2022 with a four-medal haul of two silver medals – from rugby 7s – and two bronze medals – from men’s weightlifting and para athletics– and a host of near-misses and personal/season best in rugby 7s – both women and men, lawn bowls, and swimming. In 2018, Fiji nett a gold medal from Eileen Cikaitamana in women’s weightlifting who repeated the feat this year, but for Australia. Apolonia Vavai picked up a bronze in weightlifting and Winston Hill in boxing.

“All in all the athletes have done the best they could,” Mr. Sorovaki said.

“I hope they have learned from what could have been. The opportunities were there to win medals, better their times, or further their distances. For us, we go back to the drawing board, review our structures, and our competitions, and prepare our athletes.”

He paid tribute to Fijians at home and in the UK for their support, saying that it helped the athletes in their performances.

Fiji also featured in table tennis, triathlon, squash, boxing and judo at the CG 2022.

Photo: Team Fiji/FASANOC

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