TEAM Fiji's campaign at the Pacific Mini Games suffered a major blow after the chef-de-mission Alini Sovu was rushed back home yesterday.
Athletics Fiji section manager Litia Senibulu confirmed that Sovu returned with the athletes after she was seriously ill in Wallis and Futuna.
Senibulu, however, failed to disclose the cause and nature of illness but it is believed Sovu fell while watching Fiji's volleyball match on Friday.
"I think she is recovering well compared to the day she first got ill," said Senibulu.
"She is now in stable condition."
Sovu was hospitalised in Wallis Island before the doctors gave the all clear to fly her out.
General manager of Team Fiji Cathy Wong is now acting as chef-de-mission.
Meanwhile, there were no FASANOC official present at the Nadi International Airport to officially receive the team yesterday.
This is despite the fact that the delegation included the Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro who made the country proud shattering the Games 100m and 200m records.
When contacted yesterday, a FASANOC official confirmed no official was at the airport to greet the team but a bus was organised to transport the team.
However, Digicel Fiji officials were present to officially welcome their ambassador — Tabakaucoro for making the country proud by winning three gold medals.
The sprint king was greeted by students of Mount Saint Mary's Primary School in Nadi who turned out in red.
Tabakaucoro thanked Digicel, his family and fans who greeted the team.
"I never expected to be greeted by my sponsor Digicel and I thank them for their continued support," he said.
"I also thank my parents and all those that supported the team."
The remaining members of Team Fiji return home on Thursday.
Fiji is still fifth on the medal tally with 11 gold. PNG leads with 28 gold.