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Sevens support

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I was moved to see the support showered on our 7s teams on Fiji's firewalking island.

When our rugby stars landed on Beqa, they heard beautiful chants and the vibrant voices that sang our national anthem.

Fiji's flag was waved with pride and enthusiasm. The arrival of the 7s teams meant so much to the villagers of Beqa and I am glad that those memorable and emotional moments were captured through this newspaper. The joy and smiling faces of those in Beqa were ignited by the presence of the 7s teams.

A big vinaka vakalevu to the players and team management for gracing Beqa before their departure! I am sure that the blessings that you would have received in Beqa will take you a long way on the road to a gold medal victory.

Meanwhile, Ryan, our sports scientist and rugby guru, is working overtime to sharpen the players' skills, set pieces, defensive shapes and fitness.

On the other hand, the patriotic song United by popular Vude artiste Savuto Vakadewavosa is expected to take people by storm. The lyrics of the song are amazing and beautiful and imply that win or lose, Fiji should be United.

Such songs and moments are ingredients to team Fiji's success at the Olympics, regardless of the outcome.

I extend my best wishes to the Fijiana and our under-23 soccer team as they depart with hopes of an improved performance. Regardless of the outcome, please do Fiji proud! Bury the words of your critics by delivering something special. Our soccer team is against the world's best.

I am happy that our boys will represent us on the world stage. All the best to the players, Yogen, Ravinesh and Farina!

As I conclude, I congratulate fellow writer Shaad Ali and his Vashist Muni College under-19 soccer team for winning the B D Lakshman Cup after 6 years and booking their ticket to the Courts IDC. Cheers!

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