Rugby

Keep Working Hard, PM Urges Fijiana 7s Reps

“Fijian fans may not be out in full force in Tokyo but we will be with you. No matter what time you’re playing, we’ll be up, we’ll be watching, and we’ll be cheering you on from home.
18 Mar 2021 14:04
Keep Working Hard, PM Urges Fijiana 7s Reps
Fijiana 7s training squad with (sitting- left- right) Fitness trainer Tikiko Namaua, Prime Minister and Fiji Rugby Union president Voreqe Bainimarama, Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor at the Pacific Theological College in Nasese, Suva, on March 16, 2021. Photo: FRU Media

Experience will be a key factor heading into the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

This was the message to the members of the Fijiana 7s training squad by the Prime Minister and Fiji Rugby Union president Voreqe Bainimarama.

The PM paid a visit to the team’s camp at the Pacific Theological College in Nasese, Suva, on Tuesday night.

“We have some familiar faces here who represented Fiji proudly at the Rio Olympics in 2016,” Bainimarama said.

“Rusila Nagasau, Ana Naimasi, Ana Roqica and Raijeli Daveua these preparations aren’t new to any of you.

“When you take the field in Tokyo, we’ll see the benefit of that experience. I want to remind you about what we’ve already seen and that is the inspiration you and your team-mates have served as young women of this country.

“When our coaches were looking to assemble the squad that ultimately competed in Rio, there were 200 registered women rugby players in Fiji.

“Now there are more than 1000 women playing rugby around the country.

“I want to credit the outreach we’ve done to spur interest among women in this game.

“We all know that nothing motivates young people more than watching their heroes compete in the world’s greatest stage.”

Bainimarama said as athletes it was their effort, their victories, their passion that bring this beautiful game into the lives of more young women every year.

He reminded the Fijiana 7s players that Fijians will be showing their full support from home,” Bainimarama said.

“Fijian fans may not be out in full force in Tokyo but we will be with you. No matter what time you’re playing, we’ll be up, we’ll be watching, and we’ll be cheering you on from home.

“I trust we’ll have the chance to give you a proper send-off before you depart for Japan. Until then keep up the hard work.”

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is what really separates the good from the great.

“Keep training, keep working hard and continue becoming that great team you’re capable of being.”

The Tokyo Olympic Games is from July 23 to August 8.

 

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