SPORTS

Champs 4 Years

  With the 2016 Olympic Games gone and dusted, Rio will continue to be an unforgettable and important destination for our proud sporting nation. Rio will hold a special place
23 Aug 2016 15:54
Champs 4 Years
Team Fiji Men’s National 7s head coach Ben Ryan leads the team in applauding the fans at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

With the 2016 Olympic Games gone and dusted, Rio will continue to be an unforgettable and important destination for our proud sporting nation.

Rio will hold a special place for all Fijians and this was evident in the past two days when the country celebrated Fiji’s winning first ever gold medal.

As we look forward to repeating our gold medal win in the next four years at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we look at the best moments at the four-yearly global showpiece. And what our Olympians could have done and learn from the experience moving forward.

The rugby sevens team and Coach Ben Ryan have all make us proud.

The challenge is on all Fijians to carry the tradition of making us smile and bring pride to our nation.

 

Best Moments

When our 7s team stood on

the podium after beating                              Great Britain in gold medal                        final playoff 43-7.

             It was great to see our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife Mary among the Fijian supporters at Deodoto.

             The PM walked to the field before the medal presentation and congratulated the boys and team management.

             It was amazing to see the Fijian fans came from all over the world, Australia, USA, Papua New Guinea, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom including fans from Fiji to witness the historical occasion. The majority of the fans actually came to be part of the celebration in Nadi and Suva yesterday.

             Fiji’s boxer Winston Hill despite losing his bout in the men’s 69 kilogramme category to Armenia’s Vladimir Margaryan. Hill did not give up and lasted the three rounds.

 

Worst moments

             As the country celebrated the 7s win at the ANZ Stadium yesterday, it was disappointing  that team manager Ropate Kauvesi, Semi Kunatani and Leone Nakarawa were not present as they missed out on their flight to Fiji on Friday.

We do understand the boys deserve to celebrate but the party mood in the Games Village seems to have exceeded the limit.

             The Fijiana women 7s officials and players need to get their acts together. It’s understood assistant coach Iliesa Tanivula wanted to return home from Chile following disagreements.

             Transportation and communication tagged as one of the major problems in Rio. Some of our local people have actually ending up to wrong places despite taxi drivers using Google Maps.

 

Future

We will be defending our rugby 7s gold medal come the

Tokyo Games 2020. We have  our hopes on players like Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Josua Tuiso va, Seremaia Tuwai and many  more young Fijians.

             Table tennis rep Sally Yee was the youngest athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Yee lost to Offiong Edem of Nigeria 4-0 in the preliminary rounds but a good learning experience for her. She will be one of Fiji’s promising athletes in future.

             Boxer Hill is definitely be coming out strong in the 2020 Games as his gutsy performance in Rio proved his potentials to the world.

             Having a biggest contingent with a total of 89 athletes and officials and returning with a gold medal is a good achievement.

             We can only get better at the 2020 Olympics.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper