Rio Olympic Games

PM to be special guest in Rio

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be traveling to Rio De Janeiro and will be present during the Team Fiji’s flag-raising ceremony at the Olympic Games village. Mr Bainimarama said he will be leaving with the hopes and prayers of every Fijian for our best Olympic Games ever. BAINIMARAMA: “Our athletes have never been better prepared. […]

Luke Nacei

August 1, 2016 2:16 pm

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be traveling to Rio De Janeiro and will be present during the Team Fiji’s flag-raising ceremony at the Olympic Games village.

Fiji 7s men's Head Coach Ben Ryan and President of the Fiji Rugby Union and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the 7s teams naming at the GPH this evening. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Fiji 7s men’s Head Coach Ben Ryan and President of the Fiji Rugby Union and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the 7s teams naming at the GPH last month. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Mr Bainimarama said he will be leaving with the hopes and prayers of every Fijian for our best Olympic Games ever.

BAINIMARAMA: “Our athletes have never been better prepared. And in the case of our men’s Rugby Sevens team, they are already World Champions. So Fiji has the best chance it has ever had to bring back our first gold medal in the summer Olympics.”

“I know that every Fijian will be with me in spirit in Rio as I provide the nation’s collective encouragement to the wonderful men and women who are representing us before the world.”

He said Rio is a great place to demonstrate the Fijian spirit  to the world.

BAINIMARAMA: “Fiji has never stood taller than it does at these Games. And we know that our athletes will do us proud on and off the field. They know that the eyes of every Fijian will be on them in the exciting television coverage of the various events.”

“It is also a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the Fijian spirit to the world – our skills, determination and sense of fair play. So the whole nation joins me in saying to the squad now assembling in Rio: Toso Fiji! Go for Gold.”

Meanwhile, the Party Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party, Major General (Retired) Sitiveni Rabuka today conveyed to the Chef de Mission, Cathy Wong, the Team Management, Officials and Athletes in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, best wishes for all members of Team Fiji.

In a statement, Rabuka congratulated the athletes representing Fiji to the XXXI Olympiad. He acknowledged their many hours of training, commitment and dedication enabling their qualifying for the pinnacle of their career, where the world will be watching, and Fiji will be praying and cheering for them.

RABUKA: “As a former national representative in rugby and athletics, I understand the huge responsibility you carry and I pray that you will commit your efforts to God in prayer. Fiji is also praying for you.”

He also congratulated the Chef de Mission and the officials leading the largest ever Fiji contingent to the Olympics.

The date for Team Fiji’s Flag raising ceremony is yet to be confirmed.

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