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FASANOC and Team Fiji is pleased to announce the team that will represent Fiji at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6 to 18 October.
These athletes were chosen by their respective International Federations based on their performances during the qualification period.
The athletes are Athletics Serenia Ragatu, Badminton's Chang Ho Lee and Table Tennis representative Grace Yee.
Adi Cakobau Secondary's 17-year-old Serenia Ragatu has been consistent performer in athletics culminating in her selection at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Her season’s best time in the 200m is 25.85s which she attained at the Melanesian Games in Vanuatu in 2017 and in the 400m her Silver Medal time of 57.43s is her season’s best time, also achieved at the Melanesian Games, which were a qualification event for Oceania for the YOG.
Sixteen year old student at Jai Narayan College, Grace Yee, is ranked #2 in national rankings for Table Tennis women, after Olympian and big sister, Sally Yee.
Grace was chosen by the International Federation to represent Fiji after a very good year in 2017 during which she was selected to be a part of the Oceania team to the 2018 World Cadet Challenge.
Grace was took part in the 2017 China Junior and Cadet Open with a bronze medal finish in the Junior Girls’ Team event.
Grace is currently training at the Chinese Table Tennis College in Shanghai, China.
Yat Sen Secondary's 17-year-old Chang Ho Lee has been a part of Fiji Badminton’s development pathway. Along with National Representative, Liam Fong, he is considered a rising star in Badminton. Chang is currently training in New Zealand under coach Robert Scott.
The YOG brings together talented young athletes, aged 15 – 18 from over 200 countries, with the objective of giving them an Olympic Games experience. The program is based on the Olympic Games and for the summer edition, features 28 sports. The YOG is also about promoting the Olympic Values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect.
Team Fiji will be led by Chef de Mission, Tom Tiko. Also travelling from Fiji will be FASANOC Voices of the Athletes Champion Tessa Harman, journalist Grace Narayan who will be participating in a Young Reporter Program and FASANOC’s delegates to the Olympism in Action Forum, Hamidan Bibi, Women in Sport Chair and Carl Probert, Athletes Commission representative.
With this announcement, FASANOC’s Appeal process is now open and any athlete or official who feels they that they should have been selected in place of a named Team Fiji member, may appeal their non-selection. All appeals must be made in writing to the CEO, FASANOC and delivered to Fiji Olympic House or emailed to email@example.com by 8am, Monday, 20 August, 2018.
FASANOC sincerely acknowledges the financial support from the International Olympic Committee and the Fiji National Sports Commission towards Team Fiji’s preparation and participation at the YOG.
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