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Go For Gold, Athletes Urged

Go For Gold, Athletes Urged
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, left, takes a selfie with wife Mary and Oceania Sport Education Programme co-ordinator Sainimili Talatoka at the Games Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Photo: ONOC.
August 04
14:22 2016


Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has made no bones about it, that it is time for Fiji to win their first gold medal in the Olympics.

Arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Bainimarama and wife Mary joined the Team Fiji contingent during the flag raising ceremony at the games village yesterday.

As the nation looks forward to our first realistic chance of winning an Olympic gold medal through our men’s sevens rugby team, the Prime Minister echoed similar sentiments.

“All Fijians love sports and so we are looking forward for our team’s participating in the Olympics to win the gold medal. “We want gold to come home,” Bainimarama excitedly said.

“It is exciting for someone to come here and participate, even it’s exciting for me and I know our team will also get into the excitement.”

Bainimarama also spent time with Team Fiji athletes and officials after the flag raising ceremony.


While welcoming the teams yesterday Olympic Games village director Mario Cilenti said they are ready to host more than 18,000 athletes and close to 207 delegations in the village.

“Warmest welcome to all, people have travelled from all corners of the world to meet for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“We are grateful to host you all in Rio de Janeiro and we look forward to a successful competition,” Cilenti said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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