Cricket Fiji Development Officers (DOs) Joji Bulabalavu, Talwindar Singh and Manase Ravula headed to the original capital of Fiji, Levuka, yesterday, to mark the nation’s 43rd Fiji Day celebrations.
Invited by the Cricket Plus Jesus special ministry, set up by the Provincial Administrator (PA) for Lomaiviti, the DOs took part in the Independence Day march, and will remain in Levuka to run clinics with children from nearby communities over the long weekend.
Levuka and cricket have a historic bond, with the Colonial capital being the first place in Fiji the popular sport brought over from Britain was played. However over time the sport has died out in it’s original Fijian birthplace, with it predominantly being played on Viti Levu and in the Lau Islands.
On National Youth Day celebrations held in August earlier this year, the Cricket Plus Jesus special ministry was launched by the PA for Lomaiviti. Witnessed by the minister for Youth and Sports, Viliame Naupoto, and manager of Cricket Fiji’s Under 19 side that toured to Australia in July, Reverend Seremaia Misikivosa, the PA for Lomaivti declared their full support for the revival of cricket in the Eastern Division, encouraging it to be a game not just played by school children, but one that can be enjoyed by all.