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Win for us children

Sailosi Batiratu
Sunday, March 29, 2015

"WE dedicate this win to the children of Fiji because today back at home, it is Children's Sunday."

Remember when Waisale Serevi used to announce that to the rugby world as he held aloft the Cup after it had been awarded to him and the team after a win in Hong Kong?

Maybe not the exact words but it used to be something along those lines. And since the time of that great exponent of sevens rugby, we have been triumphant in Hong Kong, the latest being in 2013.

Will Osea Kolinisau's tonight have the honour of saying words to the same effect as that of Serevi's?

Certainly, that is our hope and prayer.

There are three more games to be played and won in the Cup competition — semi-final, quarter-final and final — before we know who the victor will be at this year's Hong Kong 7s.

Given that this series is also being used to determine the four automatic qualifiers for the Olympic Games at Rio, and there are only three tournaments left — those to be held in Japan, Glasgow and London — competition will be tough, if it isn't already.

That is the challenge for our national sevens reps for the remainder of this series.

Apart from the entertainment value of Hong Kong and the euphoria a win gives us, it is good and not only for our children. It shows that despite the disparities which exist, we can successfully compete against bigger nations with their abundant resources and bigger budgets.

If they can, why can't we?

We are not all national sevens rugby representatives but we all certainly have challenges. So we all have a lesson to learn from our sevens team.

That is on the seven's scene and we wish Ben Ryan and the boys all the very best for the rest of this weekend's tournament and also the series.

Before the games begin today for the third day of the tournament, many among us would have attended a church service to commemorate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem — Palm Sunday — a week before he was crucified.

For our Methodist brothers and sisters, children are actively involved in today's worship.

A man of the cloth says a challenge, in light of today being Children's Sunday, is for the faithful to be child-like in their faith, that their trust in God not be conditional.

We respect those who say there is no God and also those who do not believe in a god. That's the way of the world.

And so while we hope with the rest of Fiji that our captain will tonight dedicate the win to our children, we can, as we take on the challenges of everyday life, make Fiji better for all her children.

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