TEAM Fiji athletes were reminded not to lose hope and commended for their effort at the Pacific Mini Games despite finishing fourth in Wallis and Futuna.
The national side which won the 2009 PMG in Cook Islands managed 13 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals in this year's Mini Games.
Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee president Reg Sanday said it was unfair to compare Fiji's performance in Wallis and Futuna to that of Cook Islands given the conditions during the games.
However he said there were lessons learnt during the 2013 Mini Games which FASANOC would take on board and work on to improve Team Fiji's performance at the 2015 Pacific Games.
"We have to concentrate on those sports that deliver lot of medals and where individuals can participate in many events as possible," Sanday said during the Team Fiji luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday.
"Our resources should be targeted towards these sports so we have better medal counts in the upcoming games."
Sanday said he also reinstated and rejuvenated the high performance commission which will be working closely with FASANOC and other stakeholders to improve Team Fiji's performance.
"We have to start our planning early and appoint the chef de mission much earlier. The chef de mission will be part of the high performance commission as well."
Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto, who was in Wallis and Futuna to witness the Mini Games, thanked the athletes for the hard work and perseverance.
He said the government had realised the opportunity of nation building through sports and had spent a little over $3million to support the concept. "You are the people who raise our flag high and sing our national anthem with passion, thank you for doing that in the past two weeks," Naupoto said.
"Wallis and Futuna gave me the opportunity to feel your dreams.
"It's not always about winning medals but creating wonderful emotions to impact the lives of people who are watching you."
Acting chef de mission Cathy Wong thanked everyone for their support.