TEAM Fiji to the IX Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna presented its i-tatau to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, at Government House in Suva yesterday.
The 108-member national team was reminded to be good ambassadors at the games, which will be held from September 2 to 12.
Ratu Epeli, while receiving the i-tatau on behalf of the people of Fiji, thanked the athletes for their commitment and dedication.
"In presenting your i-tatau, you are telling the people of Fiji that you are ready to perform and represent your country in Wallis and Futuna," he said.
"Everybody in Fiji, including myself, wish you the best during the Games and may you win as many gold medals for Fiji as you can."
Team Fiji chef de mission Alini Sovu said the message from Ratu Epeli had boosted the morale of the athletes.
She said there was a lot of expectations from the public and the team had taken on board the powerful message from the President.
"Preparation phase has been completed, and I'm sure all the athletes are ready to perform in their respective sports," she said.
"In the past games, Fiji has managed to top the medal tallies and we are hoping to repeat that again in Wallis and Futuna."