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$510,000 Windfall For Rio 7s Heroes

$510,000 Windfall For Rio 7s Heroes
A smiling Fijian fan is all set to welcome the Fijian men’s national 7s team with their Olympic gold medal. Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 19
10:03 2016

The triumphant Fijian Sevens reps will receive $510,000 from Government on Monday as reward for winning gold at the Rio Olympic Games.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said 13 players and four officials will each receive $30,000 as promised by Government.

He revealed that free buses would be provided for fans to travel to the two celebration venues, Prince Charles Park, Nadi, and ANZ Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they would discuss with the Fiji Bus Operators Association in providing free buses from Sigatoka, Ba, and various other parts of the Western Division for those who wished to be part of the celebration in Suva.

He said other arrangements for public transportation would be made for other parts of Suva including those from areas in Korovou, Tailevu and Naitasiri.

“Buses will most likely be departing from the market areas from their various locations and they will be brought back,” he said.

“That transportation of course for the members of the public who want to go and participate in the events will be for free to bring everybody together to show our admiration our support and give our thanks to the fantastic performance.”

More details on this will be announced soon.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum outlined the celebration programmes yesterday. (See details on pages 3 and 4)


Some highlights:

People are encouraged to wear blue to the celebrations to show our support and as a way of thanking them for their performance;

Airports Fiji Limited has also advised the general public that movement into Nadi International Airport will be restricted on Sunday in lieu of Team Fiji’s arrival;

Members of the public, supporters and families are invited to wait at Prince Charles Park in Nadi for the Team Fiji Welcome Ceremony;

Special provision would be provided for immediate family members and close-knit families of the men’s sevens team. They will be accorded VIP sitting at the ANZ Stadium;

Sunday’s celebration in Nadi would recognise the Fiji Team participation as a whole while Monday’s celebration in Suva would be specially dedicated for our Gold medal winning team; and

Celebrations are expected to be aired live and livestreamed on the internet.


Edited by Naisa Koroi


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