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Oceania National Olympic Commiitee (ONOC), president Dr Robin Mitchell believes the Vodafone Fijian 7s and Telecom Fijiana teams both need our financial support as we build up for next year’s
18 Feb 2015 07:24
Support Our 7s
Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai (middle), in action during the USA 7s cup final against New Zealand in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Photo: Ian Muir

Oceania National Olympic Commiitee (ONOC), president Dr Robin Mitchell believes the Vodafone Fijian 7s and Telecom Fijiana teams both need our financial support as we build up for next year’s Rio Olympics.

Dr Mitchell was impressed with the HSBC Sevens World Series standing where South Africa lead the table with 93 points, New Zealand in second with 88 while Fiji are close behind with 86.

“I’m excited that they have managed to improve and we can see that when it becomes an Olympic sport there is a lot of money being poured into it,” he said.

“From ONOC’s point of view I’m pleased the three of the four countries are from the Oceania, it’s unfortunate Samoa have dropped.”

Dr Mitchell also said the road to Rio would not be easy as all other small teams were preparing well.

“All small and big teams will be preparing well for the tournament, so it’s not going to be easy for Fiji but we have to support them financially both the men and women.

In the last four years the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), were pushing for a top six in the Series to have an automatic qualification but that was not approved by other contingents.

“When we first met with FORU four years ago we were pushing for top six in the world as a qualification process for Rio but obviously the other contingents said that it will be Oceania dominated,

“That’s why it’s a top four qualifier but otherwise we would have New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and Samoa all in top six,” he added.

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