RIO Olympics:

Get­ting A Feel Of What’s To Come

Fiji Sun - - Weather / Tv, Movie Guide - By Avikash Chand Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: os­eab@fi­

Well, we ar­rived in Brazil on Tues­day night around 8pm (Brazil time) after a long jour­ney with a 20- mem­ber Voda­fone Fi­jian Un­der-23 team, team di­rec­tor and Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Tarunesh Reddy, na­tional coach Frank Fa­rina, as­sis­tant coach Yo­gen­dra Dutt, Dr Kapil Swamy and phys­io­ther­a­pist Varun Karan. The team has set­tled well in camp at the At­len­tico Para­nense (a foot­ball club acad­emy) which is just like a ho­tel with all the fa­cil­i­ties. The boys have ad­justed well with the cold weather here in Cu­ritiba, Brazil. The side went through their first pool ses­sion and in the af­ter­noon the boys went for a field ses­sion. Coach Frank Fa­rina was very happy with the first ses­sion and said the boys have started adapt­ing the weather and style of play he wants them to play. We’re here to get ex­po­sure and taste the Brazil­ian way of foot­ball as we know that foot­ball is re­li­gion in this coun­try,” Fa­rina said. “We had only 20 play­ers left with three goal­keep­ers after Saula Waqa was in­jured while play­ing for Ba and An­to­nio Tuiv­una was held back at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port to per­son­nel rea­sons.

“Well I will work with the 17 play­ers I have in the squad and look at dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tion in the four matches we will play. “The boys were re­minded of dis­ci­pline and they all know what is ex­pected in the four matches.”

Fiji’s first match this Satur­day at 1am (FJ) is against Atletico Para­nense. The boys will go through the field ses­sion to­mor­row at 10am and the gym and pool ses­sion in the af­ter­noon at 4pm fol­low­ing a meet­ing at 5pm.

So far all is well in the camp, no one in­jured and the boys are en­joy­ing the food and great hos­pi­tal­ity. But only prob­lem is com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­cause mostly Brazil­ians don’t speak English. Ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward for the first match. Un­til to­mor­row, Moce Viti.

Photos: Avikash Chand

Mem­bers of the Voda­fone Fi­jian Un­der-23 team train­ing in Cu­ritiba, Brazil.

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