President farewells Special Olympics World Games team

FIJI’s representatives for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angles were farewelled at the Government House yesterday with the message of adventure and equality.

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said he was greatly honoured to receive the delegation comprising athletes, officials, families and relatives. The President’s message was clear and simple.

“You are going to represent Fiji. Treat it as an adventure. I don’t have any doubt that you will deliver but don’t forget to enjoy yourselves. You are going to a country where everyone is treated alike. You will be up against top athletes. Aim to perform to your best and don’t be put-off by other athletes you have heard about,” he said.

Ratu Epeli accepted the delegation’s presentation of whale’s tooth and yaqona after a prayer.

“Like all sporting teams have done in the past i-tatau, you are no different,” he said.

“Fiji expects you to come out victorious and I know that you expect that yourselves.

“When you come to present the i-tatau, you are telling me, you are ready. I know you are ready.

“We will be watching you on the news. Our job is to pray, you do the hard work. God bless you and make Fiji proud.”

He said in terms of what could be achieved during competition, the also present Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana, had set the example for them.

Delana, who won a gold medal in the high jump during the 2012 London Paralympics, was on hand to brief the President about the significance of the Special Olympics World Games.

The Special Olympics World Games team left Fiji last night for Los Angles.

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