Opinion

 Statue For Tuwai?

Tuwai’s adept at luring multiple players when boxed in, makes his moves out of the melee with a sudden burst of speed.
11 Aug 2021 16:54
 Statue For Tuwai?
Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens captain, Seremaia Tuwai, displays his gold medal after the medal ceremony in Tokyo on July 28, 2021. Photo: World Rugby

FIJI’S double Olympic Games sevens gold medalist deserves a special place in the sporting echelon.

And that’s Seremaia ‘Jerry’ Tuwai memorialized in statue.

It would be a wonderful thing when someone like the ‘little big man’ who is idolized is honored.

For an athlete that he is, there is no greater way to be honored for the work that he puts into his craft than being enshrined.

It is hard to disagree with World Rugby commentator Rob Vickerman, who said a momentum, for ‘Jerry’ is just and deserving.

“Tuwai has been a gift to the game”.

“Give the man his place as the best player of all time, a sculpture, more like.”

Tuwai’s adept at luring multiple players when boxed in, makes his moves out of the melee with a sudden burst of speed.

Jerry is what sevens rugby is all about. His energy and leadership is unparalleled.

Former All Blacks and national sevens coach Iliesa Tanivula shares Vickerman’s views, saying Tuwai has set a very high standard in rugby sevens.

“I can’t agree more with Rob, Vickerman, Tuwai has earned respect in every sense of the word”.

“He is the first Fijian to win back-to -back gold medals and off-course he has been leading the team and consistently performing at a higher level over many years”.

“Tuwai was named the World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Decade to go with his 5 consecutive Hong Kong Sevens championship victories and the 2018-2019 World Sevens Series.

“I like the statue idea”.

Coined as ‘jewel’ by head coach Gareth Baber, Tuwai led the team to Tokyo Olympics victory.

“Jerry is a warrior and a leader,” Baber said. “We are lucky to have the best 7s player in the world here in Fiji.

Jerry played in 2016 Rio Olympics too, added, the Tokyo gold win was ‘even more special’ than their famous first because of what the squad has been through in the past seven months.

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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