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EDITORIAL : Golden Moment For Our Proud Sporting Nation

The wait is over.  At last we’ve won our first medal at the Olympic Games –and it’s gold. It took us 60 years to share the glory and the spotlight
13 Aug 2016 10:39
EDITORIAL : Golden Moment For Our Proud Sporting Nation
Editorial

The wait is over.  At last we’ve won our first medal at the Olympic Games –and it’s gold.

It took us 60 years to share the glory and the spotlight on the Olympic stage and we can now cherish the moment we’ve been longing for since our first participation at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games offered us that opportunity and our rugby sevens team delivered in style. They steamrolled Great Britain 43-7 in stunning fashion yesterday.

In an almost perfect display of rugby sevens, the Ben Ryan –coached side capped off Fiji’s domination on the World Sevens Series over the past two years with a mighty performance in the Olympic final gold medal game at the Deodoro Stadium.

They made it look so easy, like a stroll in the park. The  Osea Kolinisau –captained side  had it all wrapped up by halftime scoring five tries to lead 29-0.

Gracious in defeat Great Britain’s forward James Rodwell applauded the our men for the mighty effort.

“They just attacked everything, they went for everything and it all paid off. That’s how it goes sometimes, that’s rugby sevens and they’re one of the best there is. They’ve won the World Sevens Series for the last two years and now they’ve added an Olympic gold medal so credit to them, they had an absolute blinder.”

The Fijian display showed that rugby was now truly a global game and deserved a place back in the four-yearly showpiece since it was last played at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

Playing Olympic nations Brazil, Argentina, United States, New Zealand, Japan and Great Britain and to come out the only unbeaten team in the competition showed real character, grit and quality of a team who train on the sand dunes, sleep in dormitories and operate on a shoestring budget.

Three years ago, Ryan took up the coaching role and had to sacrifice five months without pay, in a bid to rekindle his coaching career after coming out second best in the final of the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow as coach of England.

His hard work, commitment and sacrifice has paid off. He has molded a group of talented players into a professional outfit.

We should be thankful that we made the right decision three years ago in accepting a coaching genius to take charge of our national sevens team. We deserve to celebrate this unique and rare achievement. They have all done us proud.

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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