STARS IN DOHA
The Vodafone Fijian 7s rugby team are in Doha for three days as guests of the Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF).
And QRF president Yousef Al Kuwari said the rare visit by the reigning World Sevens Series champions and Rio Olympic Games gold medalists was a great privilege.
The team departs today to prepare for the Dubai 7s which starts on Friday at the 7he Sevens with the first game against Canada at 7,32pm.
“Hosting the Fijian squad in Doha would serve as an honour and place Qatar in high esteem as a sporting nation,”Al Kuwari told The Peninsula.
“The fact that the world champions want to visit Doha is a great privilege within itself considering the amount of requests they receive from nations around the world.
“Fiji is a class act and we can achieve much from their presence. Already we have five Fijian players participating in our domestic league and we hope to increase that over the years. This rare visit by Fiji is hoped to improve our rugby ties and develop a special bond with the 7s champions.
“It is a historical moment for us. I think this is the first time that the Fiji national team has visited an Arab country getting their brand of rugby along,”
The Fijians played the Qatar national 7s team in an exhibition game yesterday at the Aspire Warm-up Track.
Dream Come True
“For us, as organisers and as fans, this is a dream come true. We are sure to learn a lot from this game. Also, people of Qatar, parents, kids, everyone can come and enjoy an exciting game of rugby. The Fijians will not only play a game but will also spend time with the fans.
“Fiji is an important partner in rugby development to us. We have five Fijian players currently playing with our teams and our national team is coached by a Fijian Usaia Biumaiwai.
“The presence the Fiji team here is another sign of the strong relationship between the two countries which we hope to develop even further, “he told Qatar Tribune
Team captain Osea Kolinisau, who was recently in Doha to receive the Association National Olympic Committee (ANOC) best male team at the Rio Olympics said; “Doha has an impressive credentials as a sports nation and hopefully this will be a start of a long lasting relationship with Qatar Rugby Federation.
“Doha also has one of the best facilities in treating injured athlete. We would also like to help Qatar Rugby develop.”
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua