Class of ’18
27 February, 2018, 12:00 am
KING of 7s Waisale Serevi is humbled to join the top profile sportspeople in the US after being inducted in the Multi Ethnic Hall of Fame over the weekend.
The former national 7s captain becomes the first Fijian and the first rugby player/coach to be inducted.
Serevi gave credit to the Almighty God for another milestone achievement.
“It was an honour and privilege to be inducted into the Multi Ethnic Hall of Fame. I thank God for all he has done all these years,” the World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee said.
“As we all know, football, baseball and basketball are big in the US compared to rugby. So to be the first rugby player and first Fijian to be inducted in the Multi-Ethnic Hall of Fame here is huge and I want to dedicate it to all my former coaches and teammates for helping me become the player I was.
“I also thank all the fans, friends and family for their support and prayers.”
Other renowned sportsman inducted with Serevi, known as the “Class of 2018”, include Golden State Warriors basketball coach Steve Kerr, Dennis Brown (football), Dr Kirk Marshall (track and field), Daryle Lamonica (football), Sheri Sam (basketball), Juan Marichal (baseball), Michael and Amber Chang (tennis) and Wayne Scheider (football).
Serevi thanked Fiji’s High Commissioner to the US Solo Mara, Jay Singh of California and their families for the support.
“I arrived here in 2010 and I am humbled to be inducted among the world-class sportspeople in the States this year.
“This achievement is not only for me, it also recognises Fiji and the Fiji Rugby Union,” he said.
Other famous sportsmen already inducted include former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson, former USA and world sprint king Carl Lewis, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonards and many more.
The Gau 7s magician who captained Fiji to two World Rugby Sevens Series cup wins is also a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame and the FASANOC Hall of Fame.
He made his debut for the Fiji 7s team in 1988 and featured inthree 15s rugby world cup (1991, 1999, 2003) and became the first Fiji 7s coach to win the world rugby 7s series for the country.