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7s Star To Be Fiji’s Flag Bearer At The Tokyo Olympics 2020?

When contacted yesterday Team Fiji Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower said a flag barrier’s selection is based on merits and achievements.
25 Jun 2021 12:04
7s Star To Be Fiji’s Flag Bearer At The Tokyo Olympics 2020?
Fijian men’s rugby 7s captain Jerry Tuwai (left) and Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli during the official opening of the 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens competition at the The Ville Resort- Casino in Townsville on June 23, 2021. Photo: Oceania Rugby

Fijian men’s rugby sevens halfback Jerry Tuwai could be the country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan on July 23.

Sources indicate that Tuwai has a far more impressive record than any other athlete in the Team Fiji squad who have qualified for the Olympics.

He was a member of the Fijian men’s sevens team won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tuwai was named World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2019 and still holds that award.

Last year he was named World Rugby Sevens Player of the Decade.

On the World Sevens Series, Tuwai is the country’s leading try scorer.

He is gunning to make the 13-member squad and to win his second Olympic Games gold medal.

 

Merits

When contacted yesterday Team Fiji Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower said a flag barrier’s selection is based on merits and achievements.

“This weighs toward those athletes that have performed over a period of time from the last games to now and currently has a good record,” Bower said.

“Someone who is always had a good record and who will be available for the opening ceremony.

“If they are not available for the opening ceremony we will take them up to the Games Village and prepare them even before their game schedule.”

 

Selection

Bower did not wish to comment on Tuwai’s chances but indicated that they have made their selection.

“The flag barrier has been selected but I’m not aware because it’s under the radar so they will be making the announcement prior to the opening of the Games.

“Someone that is a national icon and people look up to.”

The 2016 Olympic Games flag bearer was former Team Fiji men’s sevens captain, Osea Kolinisau.

 

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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