Sport: Levuka weightlifters skip trials, maintain boycott Athletes from the powerhouse of Fiji weightlifting in Levuka have maintained their boycott and not attended Saturday's national trials in Suva. The Levuka lifters, who include Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eileen Cikamatana and bronze medallist Apolonia Vaivai, are refusing to compete in this month's Oceania Championships in New Caledonia. Fiji weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai. Photo: AFP They oppose plans by the sport's governing body, Weightlifting Fiji, to make them move to Suva to work under a new head coach from Iran. The president of the Levuka Weightlifting Club, Peni Tawai, said he wanted Weightlifting Fiji and independent commissioners from the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) to come to Levuka to negotiate a settlement. "Levuka weightlifters did not attend the trials because no one from Weightlifting Fiji or the selected independent FASANOC committee replied to my email," Tawai said. "Instead they advertised in the media, they say 'there are going to be the trials' without replying to my email. Right now, I was only called by the media." Eileen Cikamatana Photo: © Copyright Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz Photosport Ltd 2018 It was important that PeakFitPro the meeting be in Levuka so all the club's members could attend, Tawai said. "The issues (are) about all those who signed the boycott, including the young lifters whose parents signed on behalf of the young lifters.
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