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Cuba to Assist in Sports Education

The Fiji and the Cuban governments are in talks to establish sports education for developing professional sports in Fiji including the regional countries. Anti-doping testing is most critical in maintaining equity in professional sports. An Anti-doping Agency as the initial step in establishing responsible sports education in Fiji.

The concept of the sports academy was also discussed by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC), Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Fiji Sports Council (FSC) who met with the Ambassador of Cuba to Fiji, His Excellency José Manuel Galego Montano.

The meeting focused on sports development and diplomacy. Mr Montano explained that the Cuban government is ready to assist, respecting the Fiji government’s commitment to further strengthen relations with Cuba on issues of mutual interest.

“Cuba is well known for producing Olympic champions and is keen in sharing its best practices and ideas in sports,” described the Cuban Ambassador.

The FHEC Chair, Mr Steven Chand, suggested that the FHEC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports work together on the initial work relating to the official registration of the academy.

In supporting the academy concept, FSC CEO, Mr Gilbert Vakalalabure, explained that FSC is ready to offer space for the infrastructure.

A delegation from Fiji will be traveling to Cuba in June to explore this bilateral agenda.

(Left to Right) Phillip Hereniko ( Director-Ministry of Youth and Sports), Jalesi Nakarawa (Fiji Sports Council), Mr Steve Chand ( Chair – Fiji Higher Education Commission) His Excellency José Manuel Galego Montano ( Cuba Ambassador to Fiji) and Mr Gilbert Vakalalabure ( CEO- Fiji Sports Council)