President: Fly Flag With Pride

Team Fiji and officials presented their i-tatau (traditional farewell) to President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva yesterday. And the President reminded them they need to
14 Jul 2017 11:00
President: Fly Flag With Pride
Team Fiji women’s rugby team members following their itatau (presentation) to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Borron House on July 13, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Team Fiji and officials presented their i-tatau (traditional farewell) to President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva yesterday.

And the President reminded them they need to be battle ready to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games on July 19-23 in Bahamas.

Sports that will be participating include athletics, rugby, tennis and swimming.

“Looking at this young team, I am reminded of the U21 Fiji Netball Team that presented their I Tatau last month. I’ve been informed of their excellent performance in their pool games and we are all aware that they continue to show our true fighting spirit in all their games that have qualified them for a spot in the quarter-finals,” he said.

“I wish to emphasise, that Fiji has never shied away from competing and showing our true Fijian spirit and good sportsmanship in the world arena, be it sports or an endeavour that we have been entrusted with.

“The Commonwealth Youth Games began in Edinburgh, Scotland way back on August 10-14 2000 and is held every 4 years, the event being a mini Commonwealth Games designed for youths of 70 Commonwealth countries between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

“I have been well informed that this tour in the Bahamas is mainly for development purposes and for exposure to you our young athletes to international competitions.

“I share the same sentiments as the Fijian Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) officials and the National Federations, that this is a good opportunity to compete, but more importantly, compare the level of skills taught to you in camp and a good development ground and exposure for your newly elected officials.

“I truly believe that we can only perfect our skills in sports or in any field of endeavour, by setting goals and work towards them through comparing and evaluating performance to measure our capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.

“It is only when we realise our weaknesses that will help strengthen our resolve and hopefully, improve our performance to conquer our opponents.

“I am aware that the team is going to participate in four sports which include athletics, weightlifting, swimming and tennis. I believe your coaches have chosen the best to represent our beloved Fiji and I respect their decisions as they are experts in their field.

“So, I accept your i-tatau, on behalf of our beloved nation, with our collective encouragement and best wishes for a successful tour to the Bahamas.

“I’m aware that some of you and your officials are departing our shores for the first time for international competitions. Do not be disheartened as you have the support of all Fijians and our prayers and good wishes are with you.

“On this occasion, I wish to congratulate you all for your selection. I also commend the work of your coaches and officials in preparing you for this tournament.

“I encourage you to be great ambassadors for Fiji both on and off the field, and fly our flag with pride”

Edited by Osea Bola




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