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Ben Ryan applauds government incentive

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan is grateful to the government for giving incentives to teams and players who will win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics  in August. Ryan said the cash rewards would be a great boost to the team and their families. RYAN: “Our program wont be surviving to this level if […]

Luke Nacei

June 23, 2016 11:49 am

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan is grateful to the government for giving incentives to teams and players who will win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics  in August.

Vodafone Fiji 7's coach Ban Ryan. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire).
Vodafone Fiji 7’s coach Ben Ryan. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire).

Ryan said the cash rewards would be a great boost to the team and their families.

RYAN: “Our program wont be surviving to this level if it wasn’t for the government support this year and I am very grateful for that. It is going to make a difference come the olympic games and I am also grateful for the boys I guess their families would benefit from this if we do get in the podium and I think its a huge boost for them if they win the gold.”

Last night while delivering the 2016-2017 Budget the Attorney-General and Finance Minister Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that any Fijian athlete who wins a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in Brazil will receive $30,000 from the Government.

Ryan said with this the boys are going to be striving for their best.

RYAN: “The boys are going to be giving everything anyways I would hope when the lungs are burning on the floor and they cant move they will be thinking of not letting their country and the team down. The government has been awesome there is not many countries that would have help.”

Meanwhile, Ryan is also pleased with the four boys from the Flying Fijians that had just recently joined the 7s squad.

Leone Nakarawa (with ball) and the 7s players during their training at the Uprising Beach Resort today. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire)
Leone Nakarawa (with ball) and the 7s players during their training at the Uprising Beach Resort today. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire)

RYAN: “We have got the normal athlete Leone Nakarawa his coming in good shape. I told him if he wanted to take a time off but he doesn’t want to he wants to keep going so credit to him. Waisea Nayacalevu and Semi Kunatani they know they have to improve their fitness but its not bad at the moment.”

The sevens coach also said that the boys are all working hard to achieve their individual targets and have improved with their fitness level.

 RYAN: “We have got individual goals for everyone and all of them are working towards the target we are expecting at the moment.”

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