Awards

2006 National Male Athlete of the Year: CM Calvin PrasadĀ 

CM Calvin Prasad was named 2006 National Male Athlete of the Year at the Fiji Sports Council Awards on Friday 30 March 2007 at the FMF Dome in Suva.

Prasad attained a first for chess in Fiji when he earned a Candidate Masters title at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy (2006). He has also represented the country at the 2005 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships in Auckland, New Zealand and the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain (2004). A fine award for multiple-time National Champion Calvin Prasad.

2006 Technical Official of the Year: Dr. Jashint Maharaj

Fiji Chess Federation General Secretary Jashint Maharaj was awarded the 2006 FASANOC Sports Technical Official of the Year award at the recent ceremony held at the Forum Secretariat Fale in Suva on Saturday 24 February 2007.

Maharaj has helped the Federation in many capacities and was instrumental in the setting up of the website as well as managing monthly chess tournaments and clinics held throughout the country. His continued voluntary efforts earned Maharaj this prestigious award.

2006 FASANOC Administrator Award: Dr. Virgilio De Asa

Fiji Chess Federation President Dr. Virgilio De Asa was recognised at the FASANOC 50th Anniversary Awards for long standing dedication to sports in the country on Wednesday 27 September 2006 at the Fiji Olympic House in Suva.

The Distinguished Service Award for his invaluable contribution to the development of the sport of chess was long overdue as Dr. De Asa has taken the forefront in the Fiji Chess Federation from its inception in 1979. Congratulations to Dr. De Asa for this achievement.

2008 National Male Athlete of the Year: CM Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar was named 2008 National Male Athlete of the Year at the Fiji Sports Council Awards on Friday 13 February 2009 at the Tatersalls Centre in Suva. A feat he repeated after being named 2007 National Male Athlete of the Year at the Fiji Sports Council Awards on Friday 8th February 2008 at the same venue.

Kumar was undoubtedly the best local chess player of the year and his numerous local achievements coupled with his performance at the Chess Olympiad where he attained his Candidate Masters Title all but cemented his award. He has also represented the country at the 2000 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships in Brisbane, Australia; the 2002 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships in Sigatoka, Fiji; the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain (2004); the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy (2006); the 2007 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships in Nadi, Fiji; and the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany (2008).

2013 National Young Male Athlete of the Year: Menash Fareed

13-year old sensation Menash Fareed won the Young Male Athlete of the Year award at the Vodafone Arena on Friday 21 February 2014 after winning the Primary Schools Chess Championship and finishing 5th in the National Chess Championship with 3.5/8 with wins over CM Goru Arvind, CM Noel Adricula and Asheesh Gautam apart from a draw with John Caldiera.

He also scored wins against Alexander Aich (AUS) and Price Tepuke (National Champion of SOL) in the Oceania Zonal Chess Championship to finish at 3/9, only a point short of becoming a Candidate Master (CM). At the World Youth Chess Championship, he defeated Daniel Roos (SWE) and Mahesh Khadka (NEP) alongside draws with Tinashe Mapfumo (ZIM) and Srinjay Mukopadhyay (KEN) to finish a fantastic year.

Menash Fareed became the youngest person to enter Fiji’s Top 10 with a FIDE Rating of 1598 at No. 10, even ahead of Under-20 National Champion Keez Terubea and WCM Gloria Sukhu. A superb victory beyond all doubt.

2013 Prime Minister’s Sports Award: Fiji Chess Federation

The Fiji Chess Federation caught Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s attentionĀ at the Vodafone Arena on Friday 21 February 2014 with FASANOC Award Nominations for Administrator of the Year (Dr. Virgilio De Asa), Sports Organization of the Year (Fiji Chess Federation), Young Male Athlete of the Year (Menash Fareed), Sportswoman of the Year (Hilda Vukikomoala) and Sportsman of the Year (Calvin Prasad). The Prime Minister awarded Fiji Chess Federation with a Special Sports Award stating that ‘it was a sport he had been playing when he was small, but eventually lost touch with.’ The award was duly collected by Dr. Virgilio De Asa.