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Letters To The Editor, October 11, 2015

Fiji Day Samuela Kailawadoko Nadi The 45th year of Fiji Day celebration at Buckhurst ground culminating with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces parade. This ceremony was different because it
11 Oct 2015 10:05
Letters To The Editor, October 11, 2015

Fiji Day

Samuela Kailawadoko

Nadi

The 45th year of Fiji Day celebration at Buckhurst ground culminating with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces parade.

This ceremony was different because it was Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s last Fiji Day parade as President of the Republic of The Fiji Islands. This was fitting as the primary purpose of the event, attended by thousands who watched from the ground and on TV.

The parade itself was impressive – well-rehearsed and delivered with precision under the beautiful blue skies and windy Laucala Bay. Moments from the parade were memorable. It must have been emotional for  President  Ratu Epeli. There were formations with troops marching past under the watchful eye of Ratu Epeli to the rhythm of the RFMF band. There were some impressive marching on  display as well.

Overall, the parade and the gun  salute was fitting for the event.

 

Turtle slaughter

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

Are sea turtles on the endangered species list?

If so then the law: “Turtles will only be slaughtered during genuine traditional events like the installation of chiefs and other vanua obligations” is to be scrapped, until the green light.

On the other hand, I thought all Fijians are on a level playing field but it seems that in this case, some Fijians are more equal than others.

This is why there have been concerns over its indiscriminate slaughter by all those who count themselves lucky when one crosses their path.

Suffer the turtles.

 

World Cup

Tukai Lagonilakeba

Nadi

Although we did not reach the quarterfinals the competition exposed the very best out of our Vodafone Flying Fijian.

Behind the scene, I must pay homage and give credit to our forwards coach, Alan Muir.

He brought in state-of-the-art technological expertise that is conducive with today’s professional rugby.

His input is recognised through the changes visible from the kickoffs, lineouts, scrums, set pieces and the discipline. What a delight to watch! These were the areas where our past rugby coaches and teams failed miserably.

Taking nothing away from the World Rugby board why are there two separate rules? One for the Tier One but none for Tier Two rugby playing nations in their IRB make up? Isn’t that discriminatory and racism visible at the highest level? May we ask where is good governance and fair play?

What will happen if there was to be a separate Tier two nations rugby board to be formed? It just seems their inclusive contribution to world rugby does not warrant their place in the Board.

Can World Rugby do without the Tier Two nations input in terms of rugby union’s marketability?

The success was witnessed by millions around the world who watched the Vodafone Flying Fijians’ professional display of rugby at its best. It must now be translated to the grassroots – primary school and secondary schools, Under-20’s, club rugby and provincial level.

Let’s maintain the momentum to grow our own Fijian home grown rugby that is unique.

One can also imagine the publicity Tourism Fiji received in terms of the coverage from the millions of viewers world wide.

It is great to note the commitment made by our Government in terms of its support announced by our Prime Minister and the Minister for Youth and Sports respectively.

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