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FSM’s Taeyanna Adams breaks her national record at Tokyo 2020, Tonga’s Amini Fonua gets disqualified

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)’s 100m breaststroke swim queen, Taeyanna Adams broke her national record at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday. Adams shaved off a good 0.37 seconds from her national record, recording a faster time of 1:25.26 and placed fourth in the women’s 100m breast-stroke event. Only the best 16 swimmers from the...

Fiji sevens rugby team survives a scare from host Japan

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Fiji’s gold medal defence in sevens rugby got off to a jittery start with the host team Japan running in two tries and two conversions to edge Fiji 14-12 in the first half. But Fiji came back with two tries and a conversion from Waisea Nacuqu in the second half to seal the game...

Fiji sevens rugby team round-up final training session, ready for game time Monday

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Fiji men's rugby team after their training run in Tokyo, Photo: @fijirugby
By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo TOKYO, 25 JULY 2021 (PACNEWS) --- Fiji is aiming to repeat it historical gold medal win of five years in Rio when the men’s rugby seven competition starts Monday 26 July at the Tokyo Stadium. Fiji won the gold medal in the men's tournament at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. It was the island...

PNG’s Dika Toua creates Olympic history

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Papua New Guinea and the Pacific's top woman weightlifter, Dika Toua created Olympics history Saturday, when she competed in her fifth Olympics - but bowed out at 10th place to a field of 14 strong lifters. Toua is not new to making history at the Olympics. In Sydney at the 2000 Games she became...

Tonga’s shirtless flag bearer meets his Vanuatu rival – sending twitter fans into frenzy

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Two Pacific flag bearers in their traditional attire and well-oiled bodies sent twitter fans into frenzy at the opening of the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo Friday night. Not only Twitter fans but the international media featured the two Pacific athletes in their coverage of the opening ceremonies. Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua, dubbed the ‘shirtless’ flag bearer once again became an internet sensation...

Tokyo 2020 Games opens with spectacular but subdued celebrations

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Tokyo 2020 begins. Photo: Getty Images
By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Japan delivered on its theme of ‘United by Emotion’ for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games - recognising its national sport heroes, health frontline workers and young children from the tsunami ravaged areas in the north of the country – who featured prominently in last night’s opening event that lasted almost four...

Samoa Appeals Court declares FAST Government; impasse over

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The Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party was Samoa's new Government bringing three months of political stalemate to a close. The court, the highest in the country, found that a swearing-in ceremony conducted by the party on the lawns of Parliament on 24 May was in fact legally binding, immediately...

Vanuatu rower placed sixth in men’s single scull event but hopes for repechage comeback

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor at the Tokyo 2020 Games Vanuatu’s flag bearer at the Tokyo 2020 Games due to open tonight was the first Pacific athlete to compete in the men’s 2000m single scull rowing at 8.40am local time. Riilio Rii was placed 6th in a string field of competitors from Greece, New Zealand, Peru, Monaco and Dominican Republic in...

New Guardian-class patrol boat: a welcome asset to tackle illegal fishing in Solomon Islands

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Tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is often a challenge for countries in the Pacific due to many reasons. Unavailability of maritime assets is one. On Monday, 28 June 2021, Solomon Islands officially took ownership of a new Guardian-class patrol boat, RSIPV Taro 06, thanks to the government of Australia. The new asset is the second to be handed...

Noro Port: first e-port in the Pacific introduces digital catch documents and tracing

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By Ronald Toito'ona The Noro Port in the Western province of Solomon Islands has become the first e-port in the Pacific region, after launching a digitally integrated catch documentation and traceability scheme on 24 June. The launch was a landmark for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), the local tuna industry, customs and health departments – it is the...

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