Kumar Repeats Feat
Manoj Kumar was named 2008 National Male Athlete of the Year at the Fiji Sports Council Awards on Friday 13h 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).
A deserving victory for the years of input in the sport he loves.
Prasad is Fiji's National Athlete of the Year
CM Calvin Prasad was named 2006 National Male Athlete of the Year at the Fiji Sports Council Awards on Friday 30th March 2007 at the FMF Dome in Suva.
Prasad attained a first for chess in Fiji when he earned a Candidate Masters tilte 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).
Along with his numerous local achievements, Prasad now adds another silverware to his ever-impressive chess career.
Maharaj named Technical Official of the Year
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 24th 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 have earned Maharaj this highly prestigious award.
FASANOC Award for FCF President
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 27th 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 deserving achievement.