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EDITORIAL: Give 7s Rugby A Break, Other Sports Doing It Alone For Fiji

Rugby fans and the Fijian people are still talking about the Vodafone Fijian 7s winning the World Sevens Series and qualifying for 2016 Rio Olympics. And they deserved to do
31 May 2015 10:18
EDITORIAL: Give 7s Rugby A Break, Other Sports Doing It Alone For Fiji

Rugby fans and the Fijian people are still talking about the Vodafone Fijian 7s winning the World Sevens Series and qualifying for 2016 Rio Olympics.

And they deserved to do so and party as long as they like since it’s been a while. In fact 10 years since our rugby stars were stopped along the Queen’s Highway after Waisale Serevi and his men won the Melrose Cup in Hong Kong in 2005.

There are big plans in place to welcome coach Ben Ryan in style when he arrives.

There are reasons behind everything and the celebration is exceptional as the 7s code brings joy and unity to the nation.

But the celebration must come to an end and players/officials must refocus and given space to regroup before the next national call.

And it’s only proper and timely that we also appreciate the dedication and commitment of other sports and athletes who are working silently behind the scene to also make our nation proud.

Worth mentioning are the minor sports like:

Bowling

Waisea Senibici will take part in his first Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next month.

With an artificial limb Senibici, 44, will the first disabled athlete to represent Bowls Fiji at the Games.

“I’ve been trying all alone for six years and my time has eventually come to fly the flag. I don’t see disability as a barrier and my target now is to do my country proud.

Powerlifting

Sainimere Abariga aims for gold at the 2015 Pacific Games.

Abariga, 20, participated in her first Pacific Games in 2011 in Noumea and did not win a medal.

“I hope to make up for it this year, I know I’m capable of getting a gold medal because I’ve been working hard and have been getting support from our families and friends.”

Football

Goalkeeper Mereoni Yabakidrau, 30, is confident the Fijian national women’s team can win gold next month.

“I was with the team when we won bronze in 2007,” the Telecom Fijian rep said.

“It’s a different story this time because we have prepared not only physically but spiritually as well. The good thing is we help each other out. I always remind them not give up till we achieve our goals.

Outrigger Canoe Racing

Fiji Outrigger Canoe Racing rep Joanne Reiher was overwhelmed with her family support as she prepares for the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG.

The Rewa native’s first Pacific Games was in 2003 which was hosted in Fiji and hopes for a positive outcome next month.

“I’m married with four children and the support I have been getting from my family has been tremendous. All of them have been very supportive towards my preparation for PNG.”

While rugby always captures the headline, other sports/athletes deserve support and recognition. Or a simple pat in the back is not only a good deed but will also instill confidence in athletes to achieve more.

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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