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Olympic gold medal winner invests in property and is medically cleared to play   Vodafone Fijian rugby 7s Olympic gold medal winner, Apisai Domolailai, has been medically cleared and is
20 Dec 2016 11:00
Domolailai Returns
PICTURED: Olympic 7s gold medallist and Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Vatemo Ravouvou.

Olympic gold medal winner invests in property and is medically cleared to play

 

Vodafone Fijian rugby 7s Olympic gold medal winner, Apisai Domolailai, has been medically cleared and is available for the next leg of the 2016/17 World Sevens Series.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Domolailai said he is looking forward to today when he marches into camp with the Fijian Baabas extended 7s squad.

The Nadroga strongman had been resting his injured knee due to medical advice and had to miss out on the Dubai and Cape Town tournaments.

“I’ve been on rehab because of my knee so I didn’t want to risk aggravating it so I had asked to take a rest,” he said.

“I’m thankful to FRU (Fiji Rugby Union) for understanding my situation and let me rest my knee.”

However, Domolailai said, he has been kept busy by his wife and family.

“I’ve now invested in a property so construction works of my home are going now and I’m really happy about it. I’m spending as much time with my family because you never know when duty calls.”

Domolailai played a crucial role in the Ben Ryan coached-side in the Rio Olympic Games. Ryan had to select the Laselase native from Nadroga ahead of France-based utility player Waisea Nayacalevu.

Domolailai made his 7s debut in the World Sevens Series in 2012 and build on his career from there until they won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

“I can’t wait to get back on the field I know I’ve put on a bit weight but I’m fit so I’m looking forward to going into camp. The Rio fever is still there and it feels like we’re still celebrating but there is another task ahead and I’m confident to play for my country again. For my knee like I’ve said I’m cautious but I’m willing to put my body on the line for Fiji,” he added.

Domolailai will be joined in camp by his Rio team-mate and playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou, who is back after a three-month contract in Australia.

Also part of the Fiji Babaas squad, are members of the World Sevens Series winning team Amenoni Nasilasila and Alifereti Veitokani.

The Fiji Baabas 7s extended squad are to march into camp at USP today. This is to start their preparations for the SUDAMERICA’S Rugby Sevens 2017 to be played in Argentina and Chile.

For the Suva based-players are required to be at the FRU Office by 10am. For Western players the transport will pick-up Nadi based-players at 7am from the Namaka Police Post and at 8am from the Total Service Station in Sigatoka.

They are to bring in their passport, four passport photos each and birth or marriage certificates.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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