Pacific Sprint King

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro confirms retirement

The announcement means the 2023 Pacific Games will have a new winner in the men's 100m and 200m.

In an exclusive interview with Fiji One on Monday, Tabakaucoro said the "decision was definitely a hard one" but one that he had been contemplating for over a year since competing at the Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas last June, where he won gold in the 100m.

The 30-year-old, who holds the Pacific record in the 100 and 200 metres events, represented Fiji at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Pacific sprint king keen to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics

This was revealed by Team Fiji Chef De Mission Patrick Bower.

Fijivillage reported Bower saying that according to reports from Athletics Fiji, Tabakaucoro is happy to participate and is making every effort to qualify as the top athlete from Fiji.

Tabakaucoro decided not to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics because he did not rightfully qualify.

FASANOC CEO Lorraine Mar says they have only one universality (wildcard) spot in athletics and Tabakaucoro will have to overcome tough competition from Eugene Vollmer to get that spot in case he does not qualify on merit.