THE Fiji sevens team is on track to achieve its required fitness level for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
According to the plan outlined by the Fiji Rugby Union, national team fitness trainer Nacanieli Cawanibuka said they wanted players to achieve Level 15 in the beep test by 2016.
In the Digicel Fiji 7s fitness test last week Wednesday, players achieved an average of Level 11, which was "excellent" according to the head coach Alivereti Dere.
"The target is to have all national 7s team players to be above Level 12 in 2012, above Level 13 in 2013, above Level 14 in 2014, above Level 15 in 2015 and 2016 when the Olympics Games are staged," Cawanibuka said.
"To achieve this, will take time, training and holistic preparation."
Cawanibuka said the players would have to undergo rigorous training, focusing on the aerobic energy systems in the body to achieve this goal.
He said this would help players to play the renowned Fijian brand of running rugby, have the energy to think clearly for the whole duration of the game and maintain a high level of consistency, accuracy and ruthlessness to be the best in the world.
"The players need to work on enlarging their engine size, their heart, lung efficiency and creating the needed blood capillary network across the working muscle fibres to increase their ability to tolerate high levels of work intensity.
"To achieve these, players will also need to improve on nutritional intake as nutrition is a big part of training performance and competition at all levels including world events."