PACIFIC GAMES

SJC Completes Process

FASANOC SJC has completed the process of ensuring the selection of the best and/or qualified coaches and team managers who will be members of Team Fiji to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in November this year.

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February 8, 2023

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee's (FASANOC) Selection Justification Commission (SJC) has completed the process of ensuring the selection of the best and/or qualified coaches and team managers who will be members of Team Fiji to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in November this year.

FASANOC Senior Team Fiji Administrator Jane Niubalavu said the role of the SJC is to vet the team officials to ensure they meet the Team Managers and Coaches selection criteria.

"Implementation of the FASANOC Team Officials Minimum Selection Policy will apply when the final teams are named and they vet the athletes according to the NFs Selection Criteria which will include the FASANOC Athlete Minimum Selection Policy relevant for the 2023 Pacific Games."

Jane said a decision will be made by SJC on those who did not meet the minimum selection criteria.

"This could mean some managers and coaches do not meet the Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) or equivalent International Federation (IF) standard may not be selected. This is to ensure that all coaches and/or managers are suitably qualified for the positions," she said.

"As per our Selection Criteria for Team Officials they need to have either an International Federation level 2 certification or have completed the relevant OSEP Courses."

Jane said there could be another round of SJC meetings whereby those that failed to meet the requirements could have another chance to apply, if they are able to become suitably qualified.

"FASANOC is currently organising OSEP courses focussing on the needs of officials and entourage to the Pacific Games. The courses will be held in the upcoming months and National Federations will be kept informed about these opportunities," she said.

Jane said the SJC comprises of 5 members which includes an Athletes Representative.

The Chef de Missionalso attends the interviewsas an observer but no involvement in the selection of Team Officials.

Team Fiji Chef de Mission Ajay Ballu said the SJC would ensure that only the best qualified coach and manager would be approved to be members of Team Fiji.

"As we have said in the past we are not going for a holiday but to ensure that Team Fiji produces results," he said.

"And that starts with the process of selecting the right and most qualified people to be coaches and managers."

Ajay said he was thankful to the members of the SJC, all of whom have given their personal time to volunteer and ensure the fair implementation of the FASANOC Team Officials Minimum Selection Policy.

Meanwhile, FASANOC's Executive Board met last week to discuss recommendations on the four General Managers that will be a part of Team Fiji's Administrative team to assist the Chef De Mission.

Ajay said the General Managers that have been approved andthat will assist him during the Games include Wayne O'Connor, Anushil Kumar, Rosalia Fatiaki, JosaiaTuinamata and Dr Jone Nasome, who will head the medical team.

The Pacific Games will include the following sports: Archery, Athletics& Para, Basketball, Basketball including 3x3, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Football, Beach Soccer, Futsal, Golf, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Netball, Outrigger Canoeing, Powerlifting, Rugby League Nines, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis& Para, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Weightlifting.

The 2023 Pacific Games is scheduled to be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands for the first time between 19 November and 2 December 2023.

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