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Lomai Sisters To Play For Japan

The two sisters who are part of the Japan Women’s 7s team have their paternal links to Naicabecabe Village in Moturiki, Lomaiviti while their mother is from Japan.
01 Nov 2019 13:31
Lomai Sisters To Play For Japan
Rachael Bativakalolo and sister Ateca at Albert Park in Suva on October 31, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

The Bativakalolo sisters, Rachael and Ateca are looking forward to give their best performance at the 2019 Oceania Sevens Rugby Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on November 7-9.

The two sisters who are part of the Japan Women’s 7s team have their paternal links to Naicabecabe Village in Moturiki, Lomaiviti while their mother is from Japan.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Rachael said it will be a special moment for them to be competing together in the country for the first time.

“I’m so excited to be competing in the Oceania 7s championship for the first time,” she said.

“The team have been preparing really hard for this competition and coming to Fiji to compete is always a great feeling because it’s like coming back home.

“And the fact that my dad is from Fiji s going to be more special to compete here.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting up with all my relatives in Fiji, who have promised to come down and cheer for me and my sister on the three-day competition, which I’m really excited about.

“This is also a very important tournament for most of the teams. This is a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics so team participating will come prepared.

“As hosts for next year’s Olympics we are looking forward to delivering our best performance as we don’t want to disappoint our home crowd too.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough journey ahead to the Olympics and the side is following the right path to achieve their set target.”

Japan Women 7s team manager Akane Kagawa said: “We had been having training sessions for the past few weeks before we came over to Fiji.

“The team has been reminded to do their best because they are pooled against top guns like Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

“We really need to beat them to qualify for the next stage of competition. We are looking forward to a tough competition in the next weekend.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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