Epeli Rabua , Suva
The most poignant memory of the 2016 Coca Cola Athletic Championships is the disqualification that happened in the final of the junior girls 100 metres event on the afternoon of Day 2 of the Games.
The young Suva girl is disqualified from running for an infringement at the start of the race.
All the finalists gather around to hug her in empathy of the situation she has found herself in. And as she walks away, two of the girls from Lautoka who just hugged the distraught athlete, run towards each other and complete a set of highfives in glee that now, one of them will win the race. This learned reaction from adults here in Fiji continues to haunt the people of Fiji. Our children learn from the actions of their elders with regards to social and ethical behaviours as shown above. And until our elders and leaders lead with ethical and truthful deeds and manners, the detestable behaviours we read about every day in our daily papers will become a testament to the way Fiji may become in the not too distant future.