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Fiji fired up for Continental Cup

Aisake Raratabu (above) and Sakiusa Vaka are confident they can come away from the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup with victory
Suva, Fiji, February 8, 2012 – Fijian pair Aisake Raratabu and Waisale Suka have said that the pressure is on them to perform at the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup zonal tournament in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand when it begins next Thursday as the Pacific Games gold medallists target a spot at the finals.

The duo forms part of the team set to take on Australia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and the hosts and are well aware of the challenge that faces them.

"This is not an easy tournament, it is more tough than the Pacific Games so we are lifting our preparation to another level," said Raratabu, who is more used to battling flames than other beach volleyball teams in his regular job as a fireman. "We want to finish as the top team, right now we are number one and the pressure is there on us. Other teams will be gunning to beat us but we are prepared for that."

The duo were with different partners when they qualified for the zonal tournament, Raratabu with Qilu Elliot and Suka with Mikaele Tuvoli, but are still confident on helping their side qualify.

"If we can win in 2010 why can't we do it again in 2012?” Suka added. “ Nothing is impossible and I have faith in myself that we will have a good outing in New Zealand next week.”

Fiji will need to finish in the top three to seal a spot in the Continental Cup final where they will take on 11 other countries for a London 2012 Olympic Games berth.

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