Prime Minister Frank Banimarama posted a congratulatory note to the Flying Fijians for securing back to back Olympic Gold for Rugby 7s amidst the nation’s uphill battle against the coronavirus.
“Vinaka, boys –– that win was worth more than Gold..
“Your love for this game, for each other, and for your country has shown again that when Fijians unite, we can achieve greatness –– no matter what the world throws our way.
GO FIJI GO!!!!
Two time Olympian and captain Jerry Tuwai, says there will be no wild celebrations on the streets this time.
On the eve of the Olympic final Fiji recorded over 900 more cases of coronavirus as the death toll crept past 200 and the number of active cases now over 1,800.
The gold medal win is reward for almost five months in camp away from family, and captain Jerry Tuwai admits it was so tough he considered walking out.
Tuwai says it has been a long road for the Fijians, who went into a bio-secure camp in Fiji for several weeks before camping in Australia and again in Japan as part of the team’s preparation.
Players have been away from loved ones back home while the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Fiji, and this has been difficult for the team.
When the team won in Rio five years ago, there was a national holiday declared by the Government and welcome parades throughout Fiji.
The team faces a further 2 weeks of quarantine upon arrival, before they can be released to their families.