SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Very, very hot
IT is extremely hot in Wallis and Futuna. Temperatures here get as high as 41 degrees Celsius during midday. And when someone from Lautoka tells you its hot, then you should know it means that it is very very hot. Athletes and even the locals had to look for shade during the kava ceremony yesterday.
THERE is no taxi or bus service in Wallis and Futuna. The most common mode of transportation is by scooter. Others just have cars. Buses were specially imported for the Pacific Mini Games. If you miss the shuttle bus at 7am then you have to wait until 8.30 for the next one. This is because the bus makes a round trip of the island.
OFFICIALS and media faced a lot of problems regarding internet connection at the games village. The Fiji media had to send stories, pictures and videos back home but internet was not connected until 3pm in the afternoon. Later, the media personnel were informed that they only have limited data so they must sparingly use internet.
FIJIAN workers in Wallis and Futuna have formed a band and are performing every week in a local bar. They have become a hit in the country and are requested to perform during private functions. The Fijian community in the country is less than 10 people and they work as divers. Two of them were overjoyed to see the Fiji contingent and spent Sunday with Team Fiji.
FRENCH is the language they speak in Wallis and Futuna and if you cant find a translator or interpreter, you better know your hand signals. Some hand signals, which may be acceptable in Fiji, did not work out so well for an athlete. He was asking where to eat and made the normal hand signal we Fijians use, unfortunately, it meant something rude in French and the volunteer angrily gestured for the athlete to leave him alone.