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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe is highly likely to visit Fiji for the 2017 Oceania Athletics Championship.
This was confirmed by the Athletics Fiji chief development officer Joe Rodan Jr.
"Before the Oceania Athletics Championship, they have the Oceania Congress with the venue in Suva and they are still working on the details," Rodan Jr said.
"The congress will have all the presidents, general secretaries and the Oceania representatives attending the event. The IAF president Sebastian Coe is also expected to come down as well.
"He had tentatively said he would be here for the event. We are hoping that he turns up which would be a big boost for the region and to discuss of plans what all happens in the region. The regions counts for eight votes in the annual general assembly. We play a big part in the IAF election, which is why he is coming because there is going to be an annual general meeting at the World Championship as well. He is coming to hear the voice of the Oceania. He knows what is our needs in this part of the world."
He said it was a busy year for Athletics Fiji.
"It is a big year for us since we have Coca-Cola Games coming up and then we have Oceania Athletics Championship. We will have the trials straight after the National Athletics Championship for the Oceania competition.
"There will be 22 countries competing and it also serves as the qualifiers for the World Championship in London.
In the addition to their international engagements, he said they also had the Commonwealth Youth Games.
"If no one qualifies then we will have two track athletes representing under universality and then we have Mini Pacific Games.".
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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