Rio Olympic Games

Family to support Jasa Veremalua in Rio Olympics

When the 7s workhorse, Jasa Veremalua begins his campaign with the Fiji team next month in Rio Olympics his family in Nadroga will be behind him cheering with support. Veremalua and his fiancee together with his family went for a thanksgiving service at the World Harvest Center in Kinoya yesterday. Vani Volavola said it was only […]

Luke Nacei

July 18, 2016 8:11 am

When the 7s workhorse, Jasa Veremalua begins his campaign with the Fiji team next month in Rio Olympics his family in Nadroga will be behind him cheering with support.

Vodafone Fiji 7s Jasa Veremalua with fiance Vani Volavola and her nephew Joji Volavola. (facebook)
Vodafone Fiji 7s Jasa Veremalua with fiance Vani Volavola and her nephew Joji Volavola. (facebook)

Veremalua and his fiancee together with his family went for a thanksgiving service at the World Harvest Center in Kinoya yesterday.

Vani Volavola said it was only right to give back the glory to God before they farewell his high school lover for making it to the Rio Olympics.

VOLAVOLA: “We thought to ourselves to first go out there then come home to our family, we both only have one thing to say is that glory to God for his provision.”

She said Veremalua was a humble man and never a time gave up in trying to pursue his rugby career.

VOLAVOLA: “I have seen him knocked back from his previous coaches, not given the nod but he did not stop. He kept knocking on their door until they gave him the green light.”

Volavola said Veremalua being named in the Fiji 7s team was no surprise to her.

VOLAVOLA: “I am not surprised that he made it because I have seen the sacrifice he makes just to be able to be part of the team to Rio. Rio was his aim this year and I have supported him through it all as well as his and my family.”

She said she remembered how Jasa started his rugby career back in the days and is happy how things are for him now as his hard work has finally been paid off.

VOLAVOLA: “Jasa started doing his personal training at Naqarai which is not far from Sand Dunes just to try and keep in shape.”

The Vodafone Fiji 7s and Telecom Fijiana 7s teams will undergo one more week of training at the Uprising Beach Resort training camp before leaving for Rio on the 26th of this month.

Fiji will take on Brazil in their first game at 4.30am on August 10th, they will then face Argentina at 9.30am before taking on USA at 4.30am on August 11th.

DHL Impact Player of the 2015-2016 World Sevens Series Jasa Veremalua was overjoyed after being named in the Fiji men’s 7s team to the Rio Olympics.

Jasa Veremalua and Savenaca Rawaca in the back at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Jasa Veremalua at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Veremalua was amongst the 13 players that were announced by Prime Minster Voreqe Bainimarama at the GPH in Suva last night.

The 7s workhorse said he is ready to perform and vows to make Fiji proud when they begin their campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and take on the world’s best teams.

VEREMALUA: “This is a dream come true for me and I thank Ben Ryan for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to play in the Rio Olympics.”

He said it was very tough for him to get that spot and be named in the Fiji men’s team as others were also vying for the same spot.

VEREMALUA: “Yes I am excited and I will do my best.”

Coach Ben Ryan said he was a decent player and was in top form like he had been before.

RYAN: “I said to Jasa that he is set in many ways and is pretty lucky. He is a decent player and he was alright he has got into the point that he will be going to the biggest tournament of his life and he is in the best form of his life.”

(L-R) 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau, Jasa Veremalua and Head Coach Ben Ryan during a press conference last night. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
(L-R) 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau, Jasa Veremalua, and Head Coach Ben Ryan during a press conference last night. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

He said it was great to have someone like Jasa on board the team.

RYAN: “To have players like that to hitting top level of their game that they never haven’t been to before is just outstanding  for us and its just great to have someone like Jasa in our side.”

Fiji will take on Brazil in their first game at 4.30am on August 10th, they will then face Argentina at 9.30am before taking on USA at 4.30am on August 11th.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.