Rio Olympic Games

Fiji 7s teams train in Raviravi, Beqa

The Fiji sevens men’s and women’s teams to the Rio Olympics had an open training session in Raviravi village, Beqa Island today. Upon their arrival both the Fiji teams were welcomed by songs and cheers from the villagers as this was a first time experience for them. Eight villagers from around the island gathered at Raviravi […]

Luke Nacei

July 22, 2016 3:09 pm

The Fiji sevens men’s and women’s teams to the Rio Olympics had an open training session in Raviravi village, Beqa Island today.

Members of Fiji 7s men's team training in a school ground in Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)
Members of Fiji 7s men’s team training at a school ground in Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)

Upon their arrival both the Fiji teams were welcomed by songs and cheers from the villagers as this was a first time experience for them.

Eight villagers from around the island gathered at Raviravi to await the arrival of the Fiji teams. The villagers were delighted to see and meet the players face to face and as well witness how the men’s and women’s did their training session.

Students also gathered by the shore and in the village to welcome the team.

Students of Rukua Raviravi Primary School with Savenaca Rawaca of the Fiji 7s men's team at Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)
Students of Rukua Raviravi Primary School with Savenaca Rawaca of the Fiji 7s men’s team at Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)

The Fiji men’s national coach Ben Ryan said their visit to Beqa was part of their community outreach, thus giving a chance for the islanders to meet up with the players themselves.

RYAN: “We have gone to the very Southern Parts, we went to Labasa, Bua and Rakiraki and we have gone to certain places around the country and Beqa is just on our door step so we should go there. We are trying to do some community stuffs.”

Villagers of Beqa with a Fiji Flag. (William Tabuya)
Villagers of Beqa with a Fiji Flag. (William Tabuya)

Ryan said the natives of Beqa would have a chance to meet up with our Fijian 7s teams.

RYAN: “We will train there and we meet people that will want to meet the team and say well done. Because they are not too far from us, they hear about the team everyday and its good for us to go into the village.”

Members of the Fiji men's and women's 7s team training in a school ground in Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)
Members of the Fiji men’s and women’s 7s team training at a school ground in Beqa this morning. (Gabby Abariga/Facebook)

Meanwhile, the Fiji men’s 7s team leave for Brazil on Tuesday.

Fiji will take on Brazil in its first match at 4.30am on 10th of August, they will then face Argentina at 9.30am and plays USA at 4.30am on the 11th of August.

The medal quarterfinal will be held from 8am, with medal semi-final starting at 5.30am on 12 of August and Gold final will be played at 10.30am.

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