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Security, Health Scare Cause Early Return From Olympics

  Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong has confirmed that they will leave Rio before the closing of the Olympic Games. “We will leave Rio for Fiji on August
07 Jul 2016 15:37
Security, Health Scare Cause Early Return From Olympics
Boxing Fiji representative to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Winston Hill (left) with Team Fiji Chef de Mission Cathy Wong at FASANOC yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

 

Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong has confirmed that they will leave Rio before the closing of the Olympic Games.

“We will leave Rio for Fiji on August 19,” she said during a press conference in Suva yesterday.

“Some of the athletes are coming back immediately after their competition while the rest will come back on the 19th of August before the closing ceremony.

“This decision was made in total consultation with the national security issue.

“As you aware Rio is one of the most dangerous places in the world as far as drugs and shooting are concerned.

“Also with health issues like zika, now malaria and dengue fever.

“So bearing that in mind it’s a difficult city to go to and with security and heath issues concerned we have decided with all team managers that we need to come back before the closing ceremony.”

Team Fiji officials are working hard to ensure the 89 athletes are accommodated in a safe environment.

“After the closing ceremony everybody needs to vacate the village. To vacate the village we have to stay in Rio and that means we will bring all 89 people from a secured controlled safe environment to an unsecured, uncontrolled and unsafe environment.

“ Athletes will have the opportunity to enjoy the Olympic experience after their competition.”

 

Sponsorship

While Team Fiji welcome the move from corporate houses in supporting them for Rio, Wong says, it is important to know that any initiative relating to Team Fiji need to be endorsed by FASANOC.

This was after an announcement by Fijian Holdings Limited chief executive Nouzab Fareed stating their support towards Team Fiji by planning to provide a cash reward of $12,000 for gold medal winners (individual events) followed by $8000 for silver and $5000 for bronze.

“Team Fiji acknowledge Fijian Holdings Limited’s initiative offered to our athletes that will be participating at the Rio Olympics. Only sponsors that have been endorsed by FASAOC may be associated with Team Fiji that consists of sports, athletes and officials.”

In her statement Wong said while Fijian Holdings Limited is not a Team Fiji sponsor, Fareed’s subsequent undertaking to work with FASANOC is appreciated.

“We urge businesses or organisations that wish to support Team Fiji to join our sponsorship and marketing programme, one of it the medal incentive initiative that’s in place,” she added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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