September 15, 2016 10:48 am

Minister Delana becomes first minister to officiate at medal ceremony

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Iliesa Delana set another record for Fiji at the Paralympic Games at the Rio Olympic stadium by becoming the first ever Fijian Minister to present medals at any Paralympic or Olympic games. Usually presenting medals is an activity reserved for members of the International Paralympic Governing Board […]

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Iliesa Delana set another record for Fiji at the Paralympic Games at the Rio Olympic stadium by becoming the first ever Fijian Minister to present medals at any Paralympic or Olympic games.

Usually presenting medals is an activity reserved for members of the International Paralympic Governing Board and in the Olympic games, medals are awarded by members of the International Olympic Committee.

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Joe Rodan Senior said; “To date, no Minister from Fiji has been honoured by presenting medals at any Olympic games”.

Fiji first competed at the Summer Paralympic Games in 1964 and in Melbourne Australia at the 1956 Olympic games.

To add to this first, Hon. Delana said he was honoured to present the gold medal to the new world record holder in the men’s high jump T44 category, Poland’s Maciej Lepiato who broke the old mark of 2.18m with a leap of 2.19m.  Silver was won by Great Britain and Bronze went to Venezuela.

Hon. Delana made his competitive debut at the FESPIC Games in 2006, and won a silver medal at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships held in New Zealand and then brought home Fiji’s first gold medal ever from the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London.