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‘Elusive’ Gold Medal

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are aiming to win the elusive Commonwealth Games gold medal at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. This was confirmed to SUNsports
25 Dec 2017 15:50
‘Elusive’ Gold Medal
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai scores a try during the 2017/18 World Sevens Series in Dubai. Tuwai is likely to lead our campaign to the Commonwealth Games next year.. Photo: Zimbio

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are aiming to win the elusive Commonwealth Games gold medal at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

This was confirmed to SUNsports yesterday by assistant coach Saiasi Fuli.   

“We’ve won the Olympic Games, the World Series, the World Cup but never the Commonwealth Games,” the former national 7s halfback said.

‘That is what we’re aiming at and we’re working towards it.”

Fuli said the gold medal had been eluding them since they participated at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The Fijians settled for the silver medal at the 1998 and the 2002 Games and later scoop the bronze medal at the 2006 Games.

Now after being reinstated into the Commonwealth Games, Fuli said, they would be making this their primary mission.

“The last three Commonwealth Games we had been losing in the finals and the semifinal and I think this is the right time for us to set the records straight and go for the gold medal.”

The Commonwealth Games is on April 4-15, 2018.

FITNESS LEVEL    

Fuli has reminded the players of their national duties and the importance of maintaining their fitness level when they return from their one week break.

“This is the national 7s team and they are reminded to be strong mentally in keeping their body fit. So we expect them to either maintain or improve their fitness levels when coming back from the festive break with their families.”

He said the players would march into camp on January 2, 2018 where they undergo a yoyo test.

“The key message to the players is that they have to be mindful of what they eat and also to keep in mind that they need to enjoy time with their families especially during the Christmas and New Year period.

“They finished the year with a yoyo test and when they come back they will start again with another yoyo test.”

Fuli said they have penalties in place for players who do not meet the required fitness levels.

“They will do more work after the normal rugby and conditioning training sessions.”

He indicated that their training sessions will be monitored by trainer Naca Cawanibuka.

DOOR STILL OPEN

Fuli said that they would be looking out for new players as time goes on.

“We will still keep a look out for potential players in the upcoming tournaments like the Coral Coast 7s, the Marist 7s and other major tournaments around the country.”

However, he says, at the moment they have a good pool of players who are capable of getting the job done in next month’s Sydney and Hamilton tournaments of the 2017/18 World Sevens Series. – Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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