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Ryan: Focus should be on both 7s teams

While the focus is more on the Fiji 7s men’s team in winning gold in Rio, Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes that the same focus should be for women’s team. Ryan while officiating the cheque donation yesterday to both teams yesterday said the women’s 7s team will finish playing first by the time the […]

Luke Nacei

July 12, 2016 11:50 am

While the focus is more on the Fiji 7s men’s team in winning gold in Rio, Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan believes that the same focus should be for women’s team.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

Ryan while officiating the cheque donation yesterday to both teams yesterday said the women’s 7s team will finish playing first by the time the men’s 7s team walks into the field.

RYAN: “Often when we come to these things it’s about the men on what they have done and what they have achieved one of my aims when we came here was to also raise the awareness, raise the profile and raise the standards of women’s sport in Fiji and everyone talks about the first medals that’s going to be won by a Fijian or Fijian team in the Olympic games but the girls will be finish playing by the time the boys walk onto the field and our big hope is that the spotlight is whipped away from the men’s team as the women win our first medal.”

Ryan asaid those selected to represent to the Fijian team will have a prophecy to share with the younger generations.

RYAN: “When you see a young female or man from Fiji on a podium on a global event, the biggest sporting event, most people watch the Olympic games and any other spectacle in the world not only are our Fijian on a podium for the first time, and hopefully at the very top of the podium winning a Gold medal, they won’t just say I’d like to be him, or I’d like it be her and Ill step on the field and represent the Fijian 7s, hopefully what they will be able to do is look at that and say anything is possible.”

He said this week will be a big day for both of the 7s teams.

RYAN: “This is a big week for them, on Friday or Saturday they are going to find out whether they are in the 12 or out of the 12 and for them they have dedicated a huge amount of their last few month or last few years trying to get into the team and try to be the first team to represent Fiji in the Olympics to get a medal.”

Ryan hopes when the time comes we will have two medal ceremonies for both teams.

RYAN: “I hope that when August 11 and August 8 comes we will have two medal ceremonies for both teams. That is the ripple that we will send to the rest of the Pacific islands that this amazing and beautiful country with beautiful people can achieve more and anything is possible and I’m very lucky to have these guys part of our training session for another week I’ll have to say it is going to be a very awkward conversation in the next few days where we will unfortunately, break some hearts and we make some hearts.”

Ryan names the final squad of the Fiji men’s 7s to the Rio Olympics on Saturday.

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