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Prospects For Gold Likened To Our Progress

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday likened the best prospects ever of winning an Olympic gold medal to the upbeat progress Fiji has made as a nation since the change of
01 Aug 2016 11:00
Prospects For Gold Likened To Our Progress

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday likened the best prospects ever of winning an Olympic gold medal to the upbeat progress Fiji has made as a nation since the change of government.

“In many ways, our Olympic campaign in 2016 reflects the progress we have made as a nation – more focused, more united and with more opportunity for every Fijian than at any time in our history,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister said the national men’s 7s rugby team had the best chance of bringing back gold for Fiji in a special message he wanted to convey to the nation as he left for Rio de Janeiro to attend the Fiji flag raising ceremony.

“We have achieved gold in terms of our economic performance, a record seven straight years of growth that is creating jobs and improving our living standards. “We are empowering more of our people, whether it is through our free. schooling, scholarships and tertiary loans or free medicine, pensions and a range of other leg-ups. And none of it has been at the expense of any one group.

“On the contrary, we are taking everyone on our journey forward, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable – our women, children, the elderly and the disabled.”

He added: “So Fiji has the best chance it has ever had to bring back our first gold medal in the summer Olympics.

“I know that every Fijian will be with me in spirit in Rio as I provide the nation’s collective encouragement to the wonderful men and women who are representing us before the world.

“Fiji has never stood taller than it does at these Games. And we know that our athletes will do us proud on and off the field.”

The Rio Olympic Games starts on Saturday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

 

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