SPORTS

Naicker Hosts Fijian 7s Team

Naicker said the team continue to be the pride of it’s people around the world and it is always an honour to have them as guests.
06 Mar 2020 14:44
Naicker Hosts Fijian 7s Team
From left; Businessman Shamim Khan with Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility player Kalioni Nasoko during a fundraising drive in Vancouver, Canada last week. Photo; Asuad Ali

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team were guests of Fiji’s honourary consul in Canada, Bobby Naicker yesterday.

Naicker welcomed the team, who were later treated with a fine Canadian cuisine at Vancouver’s popular eatery Denny’s on Broadway.

Naicker said the team continue to be the pride of it’s people around the world and it is always an honour to have them as guests.

“It is really my privilege to host the Fijian 7s team,” Naicker said.

“It’s always an honour.

“This team shows the world what sevens rugby means to us and the fact hosting the best team in the world in Vancouver is my absolute pleasure “

Naicker said the team missed out winning the Los Angeles 7s last weekend but is confident they will bounce back at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

“The truth is, we have a great coach, an entire team filled with heart and skill, hope, courage, passion, strength and fans support,”he added

Fiji Honourary Consul in Canada Bobby Naicker (front, fifth from left) with our national 7s players and officials after dinner on March 4, 2020. Photo: Subramani Reddy

Fiji Honourary Consul in Canada Bobby Naicker (front, fifth from left) with our national 7s players and officials after dinner on March 4, 2020. Photo: Subramani Reddy

PUSH FOR KAVA BAR

Fijians need a kava (grog) bar to be set-up at the BC Place Stadium, Vancouver during the Canada Sevens.

They say if alcohol beverages, its sales and consumption are permitted in the stands and concourse than, kava (Fiji’s social drink) has its place as well.

Businessman Shamim Khan says, kava is legal for its use in the country and several requests made to the event hosts for its sales have been futile.

“If alcohol is sold, I don’t see any reason why our drink is not allowed,” he said.

“There’s a huge demand for kava. Not all Fijians consume alcohol.”

Khan said Fijians have also taken to Canada Sevens social media, Facebook to express their views, while every message is being aptly replied, the kava request remains unanswered.

The British Columbia Government owned facility, is operated by the City of Vancouver that holds the right to its lease, including the sale of alcohol, food and beverages and profits.

And Khan says if profit is what the City of Vancouver is looking at than they should sell kava for whatever monetary gains.

“I’m sure the city knows Fijian kava, if per say profit is what are looking at then so be it, get in touch with a supplier and setup a stall,” he said.

“We Fijians need to enjoy our beverage.

“It’s either they sell it or have us bring our drink to the stadium.”

Khan said a few basins to go with the weekend long event is after-all a not a bad idea.

“Trust me there are thousands who feel kava should be allowed. Kava guzzlers don’t need extra security, the drink calms all nerves”, quipped Khan.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.




Five Squares Mad March


Fijisun E-edition
Total
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper