THE organisers of the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s are praying for a fine weather this week in the lead-up to the tournament which starts this Friday at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay.
Chairman of the organising committee, Lawrence Tikaram said the adverse weather conditions last week had not affected their preparation.
He said they were on par with preparations for the two-day tournament.
"It may have affected the preparation of the teams competing in the tournament and we are hoping for a fine weather in the remaining days so we can witness some exciting games during the tournament."
With the pool draws released last week, Tikaram said they would be releasing the fixtures early this week.
He also urged teams to submit their team list as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the tournament organisers are contemplating on increasing the team number in the future.
Sixty-four teams were chosen to compete in the main event from about 90 teams that showed their interest in participating in the annual event.
Tikaram said with Fijiana also vying for a place in the 2016 Rio Games, they were planning to allow more women's teams in next year's tournament.
There are eight women's teams competing in this year's Marist 7s.
The tournament volunteers briefing will be held this Wednesday at Lambert Hall from 6pm.
Tikaram said they had about 300 volunteers.
Also the team managers and coaches briefing will be held this Thursday at 6pm at the Lambert Hall.