August 12, 2016 2:51 pm

Kepa calls on Govt to award a house and a piece of land to each 7s player

A house each with a piece of land and a public holiday for the mighty Fiji sevens team. This is what the Opposition is asking the government to grant our Olympic gold medalists as the country celebrates Fiji’s first ever medal at the Olympic Games. Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa said it was only right […]

A house each with a piece of land and a public holiday for the mighty Fiji sevens team.

Our champion Olympians, the Fiji 7s team for Rio 2016.
Our champion Olympians, the Fiji 7s team for Rio 2016. (World Rugby)

This is what the Opposition is asking the government to grant our Olympic gold medalists as the country celebrates Fiji’s first ever medal at the Olympic Games.

Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa said it was only right that the thirteen members of the champion Fiji Sevens team get rewards that befit the achievement made in Rio.

KEPA: “SODELPA also calls on the Government, in accordance with the precedence granted to our Para-Olympics gold medalist and now Assistant Minister of Sports, the Hon. Iliesa Delana, to award a house and a piece of land to each and every one of the thirteen members of our victorious team.”

Leader of Opposition Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa outside Parliament. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)
Leader of Opposition Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa outside Parliament. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)

“They must also be assisted to receive education and training opportunities to be able to establish a sustainable future for themselves when their playing days are over. By their performance today, we cannot ever measure the amount of international goodwill and admiration they have earned us.”

The opposition leader also paid tribute to our sevens heroes of yester-years who have also donned the white jersey and represented the country on numerous occasions.

KEPA: “We also honour and remember the many players who have donned the Fiji jersey and started this journey many years ago in Hong Kong. As you stood to collect your medals, we evoke the broad shoulders of the storied sevens players who have gone before you.”

She added the boys have inspired young boys and girls in the country from the Kaji competitions to the provincial games and acknowledged the Fiji Rugby Union’s efforts in their support of our national sevens team.