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Fijians celebrate as 7s team arrive from Rio

The victorious Fiji Men’s 7s team and the Team Fiji contingent from Rio have arrived safely at the Nadi international Airport. Members of the public, fans and supporters took to the streets to cheer and welcome the 7s players and coach Ben Ryan as the Bus from the airport transported the 7s team in a convoy […]

Peni Shute

August 21, 2016 4:16 pm

The victorious Fiji Men’s 7s team and the Team Fiji contingent from Rio have arrived safely at the Nadi international Airport.

Celebrations at the Prince Charles Park today. (Oscar Rosa/Facebook)
Celebrations at the Prince Charles Park today. (Oscar Rosa/Facebook)

Members of the public, fans and supporters took to the streets to cheer and welcome the 7s players and coach Ben Ryan as the Bus from the airport transported the 7s team in a convoy to Prince Charles Park.

A traditional welcome ceremony was conducted by the people of Sabeto.

Speaking at the celebrations, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this is a time to remember forever.

BAINIMARAMA: “As a nation, we may be small but we are strong. We may have limited resources but we are determined, we are unbeatable especially when we play effectively as a team.”

The Prime Minister said millions of viewers watched as we gave the world a lesson in how sevens rugby should be played.

BAINIMARAMA: “As we did so, the attention of the whole world focus on our tiny group of islands and for one brief shining moment we were at the centre of the world stage. On the day of our win, more people searched for Fiji on the internet than for anything other subject.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while speaking at the Special Celebration at Prince Charles Park today. (Jese Tuisinu)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while speaking at the Special Celebration at Prince Charles Park today. (Jese Tuisinu)

Mr Bainimarama said the Fiji 7s men’s performance had inspired people from around the world.

BAINIMARAMA: “So Boys not only have you brought home Gold, you have seized the spotlight for Fiji in the way no one else has ever done before and in a manner that is sure to have all sorts of benefits for every Fijian in the months and years ahead…more international visitors, more jobs, and an even stronger economy and something more important a tremendous boost to our pride and self-confidence as a nation.”

The Fiji Police Force, Fiji Corrections Service and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, a joint operation called Operation Rio Gold were also present to provide security for safe celebrations.

The team will depart Prince Charles Park for Suva at about 4.30pm this afternoon.

They will board a Fiji Link flight from Nadi Airport to Nausori.

The Fiji 7s team will travel through the Kings Road from Nausori to Suva this afternoon.

They will leave Nausori Airport at about 5.45pm this afternoon.

The 7s team will stay at GPH for the night.

Meanwhile, Leone Nakarawa, Semi Kunatani, and Team Fiji’s men’s 7s manager Ropate Kauvesi and Lesley Copeland are still at Rio. They are expected to fly in tomorrow morning.

For the special public holiday tomorrow, the Olympic Gold Medal victory celebrations will take place at the ANZ Stadium.

The gates to the stadium will open at 8.30am.

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The team will leave in a vehicle from the GPH in a convoy with a band accompanying them at around 9.30am.

This will start from the Suva Flea Market, through to Victoria Parade, Thurston Street, McGregor Road, Bau Street, then to Laucala Bay Road towards the ANZ Stadium.

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