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7s In Business Class

Negotiations are underway for the national men’s rugby sevens team to travel on business class to next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Ben Ryan-coached side has
14 Jul 2016 14:08
7s In Business Class

Negotiations are underway for the national men’s rugby sevens team to travel on business class to next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Ben Ryan-coached side has a high probability of winning a medal at the Olympics after being seeded at No.1. This was after winning the World Sevens Series- two years in a row.

Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey said yesterday they have given FASANOC the Government grants to assist Team Fiji.

“The grants are for preparation and participation budget and they will decide how to spend it. It’s up to each sport how that funding is used,” Mazey added.

It is understood that Government is going to pay for the extra costs on the business class travel.

The upgraded travel is needed during the more than 13-hour flight from Auckland to Santiago in Chile.

Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong said everyone travels in economy class and they never travel on business class.

“If one wants to go on business class then it’s up to the manager to find the funds for it,” she said.

The need to fly business class is to protect our sevens players from any recurring injuries.

A recent case this year was when New Zealand rugby 7s forward Sonny Bill Williams could not play in the Las Vegas 7s after his knee flared up during a long economy cass flight. Williams who usually travels in business class was flying economy class and was unable to wear a compression garment over his troublesome knee.

As our national sevens team is a matter of national interest, this move is to ensure our players are injury-free when they play in the Olympics as a gold medal win is going to benefit the country in many ways.

 

COPELAND FOR RIO

Meanwhile, national javelin thrower Leslie Copeland is expected to join the Team Fiji contingent to the Olympic Games.

Last night, SUNsports was told that Copeland has booked a universality place.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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