Marist 7s To Go Ahead: Tikaram

Players, fans urged to wash their hands with soap and water, cover their nose when coughing or sneezing
17 Mar 2020 13:05
Marist 7s To Go Ahead: Tikaram

The 44th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament will go ahead as scheduled with precautionary measures taken to avoid the spread of coronavirus, says a senior official.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram said they are working closely with authorities in regards to the virus.

“The tournament is going ahead,” Tikaram said.

“We’re following cues from the proper authorities to ensure that we provide best practices of safety and personal hygiene during the tournament.

“It’s very important that everyone in Fiji continues to practice the good habit of personal hygiene, things like washing your hands with soap and water, ensuring that you cover your nose when you cough and sneeze to avoid getting into contact with people that are sick.”

Tikaram added that Government’s approach towards border control is the way forward in tackling coronavirus.

“The most important thing is having the border control which is what they are doing at the moment and that’s good if Fiji continues to do that then Fiji will still remain coronavirus free,” he said.

“The teams are already to play at the tournament. It’s best we teach and have the players understand the importance of personal hygiene to avoid the spread of this virus.

“Good news that we are still continuing with the tournament, the teams are looking forward to it and so are the people.

“We are working with all stakeholders to provide avenues to ensure that we implement the message of self and personal hygiene which is now very paramount.”

Officials reduce ticket prices


The officials of the biggest domestic sevens tournament have reduced the ticket prices.

The 44th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament has been made affordable for fans to enjoy and witness the abundance of talents during three-day event.

Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram confirmed this yesterday.

“We’re supporting grass roots development and it is important that supporters come out in large numbers to support their teams,” he said.

“These teams and their fans are looking forward to the three-day event so the ticket prices have been reduced to $5 for day one, $7 for day two and $15 on the grandstand and on the ground is $5.”

“These ticket prices have been made affordable for fans and sevens rugby lovers out there to come out in numbers and support their teams.”

Tikaram said reports received is that preparations have been good for all the teams.

Most former national 7s reps will be using the tournament to show their worth to Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber and be considered for the training squad to play in the July Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Most of the teams are in Suva right now.”

With 68 teams ready to battle it out this weekend for the ultimate prize, fans will be entertained throughout the tournament.

About 48 men’s teams, 8 women’s teams and 12 teams in the Under-20 grade are going to be part of this year’s tournament.

The tournament kicks-off on Thursday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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