Lifters from the Levuka weightlifting club are boycotting the Oceania Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia next month.

The Levuka club sighted two reasons for their actions mainly the ommission of their two coaches from their team should lifters come to Suva to train under the new national coach.

Levuka lifters are also not happy with how Ho-ssein Vava-co-li was appointed as the national coach by Weightlifting Fiji.

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Eilleen Cikamatana and bronze medalist Apolonia Vaivai who are both from the Levuka club are also part of the boycott.

The letter which is addressed to Weighliting Fiji highlights the selected Levuka lifters and officials plans not to participate in next months Oceania Championships in New Caledonia which is also a Youth Olympic qualification.

Speaking from the old capital earlier this afternoon, Levuka weightlifting coach Peni Tawai said there are two major reasons for their actions.

Tawai has also made it clear that it was the athletes who made the call.

But at the moment the lifters are training under Joe Vueti at Baba village in Levuka.

In this letter, senior lifters like Eileen Cikamatana, Apolonia Vaivai, Manueli Tulo,Taniela Rainibogi, Poama Qaqa, Seruwaia Malani, Maria Mareta and Sikeli Dau have signed the petition.

Even team officials for the Oceania meet in Noumea have also signed.

Tawai said the lifters parents will not allow their children to leave their families, club and coaches to train in Suva under the new coach.

According to Tawai their athletes can still win world titles under the local coaches as it has been proven in the past.

Weightlifting Fiji and the team from Levuka are expected to meet this Sunday but Tawai says they are standing by their decision.

When contacted today Weightlifting Fiji has confirmed they are aware of the letter but could not make a comment as the President Atma Maharaj is out of the country.

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