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Fiji Sports Minister Praises Sevens Success

“We salute you both for making our Pacific rugby proud, and we look forward to you providing a strong and robust voice on behalf of Pacific Rugby,” he said during the opening of the Oceania Rugby annual general meeting in Nadi yesterday.
30 May 2019 11:04
Fiji Sports Minister Praises Sevens Success
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Meli Derenalagi takes on Australia during the London 7s Cup final at the Twickenham Stadium on May 27, 2019. The Fijians won 43-7 to book the top spot in the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series as they prepare for this weekend’s Paris 7s in France, Photo: World Rugby

Minister for Sports Parveen Bala wished the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team all the best in this weekend’s Paris 7s in France to determine the winner of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

Bala congratulated the Gareth Baber-coached side for winning the London 7 which has put them on top of the Series points table.

On the same note he congratulated the Fiji Rugby Union and Samoa for their first participation last week’s World Rugby’s Council meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

“We salute you both for making our Pacific rugby proud, and we look forward to you providing a strong and robust voice on behalf of Pacific Rugby,” he said during the opening of the Oceania Rugby annual general meeting in Nadi yesterday.

Bala highlighted that Oceania Rugby has an extensive regional development programme in sports sciences, match management, match officiating judicial process and a community engagement programme called Get into Rugby (GiR).

The GiR is a key initiative to grow the game, since rugby re-joined the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Minister said Government has a close working relationship with Oceania Rugby through his ministry with funding, hosting and delivering of the Oceania 7s in Fiji.

FUNDING

The funding has been for three consecutive years– 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the sevens tourney has proven to be one of the more lucrative and appealing tournaments in the Oceania region, he added.

“This has shown the true Government support and commitment to develop the sport in our country where not only the standards have been lifted of the sevens code, but has provided qualification opportunities for country to move up the rank.”

Bala highlighted that the support from Oceania Rugby whose commitment, dedication and work done behind the scenes makes this event happen and successful.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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