SPORTS

Hong Kong 7s Wins, Celebrations Planned For Our Men

Heart, pride and passion enabled Fiji to do what many thought was im­possible.
09 Apr 2019 11:45
Hong Kong 7s Wins, Celebrations Planned For Our Men
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Celebrations will be held for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team when they return to the coun­try.

This will be to commemorate the record five in a row win at the Hong Kong 7s on Sunday.

This was announced by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala, yesterday during the ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’ seminar in Nadi.

He said, as a proud Fijian and the Minister for Sports, he offered his “hearty congratulations to the Fiji sevens team led by their coach Gareth Baber.”

“It was a night of records – a record 19th win. And victory over the gallant French topped off a fantastic run of 31 wins in a row at the Hong Kong Sevens that goes back to 2014,” he said.

“This is a remarkable record in any sports and surely now ranks among some of the greatest sporting feats ever, globally.

“As you all know, sports brings joy, pleasure and wellness into billions of lives across the globe. “Last night (Sun­day) was a demonstration of this in the thousands of Fijians here and across the world.

“It was also a demonstration of a small nation living up the ideals of sports, as the great leveller.

“Our sevens team, given the disparity of resources between 1st tier and devel­oped nation, and smaller countries like Fiji, do not have the sports machinery or money of most of its opponents.

“Despite the relative economies of scale, heart, pride and passion enabled Fiji to do what many thought was im­possible.”

Fiji is pooled with South Africa, Scot­land and Canada at the Singapore 7s this weekend ( April 13-14).

-Edited by Sheldon Chanel

Feedback: avinesh.gopal@fijisun.com.fj



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