Gen­uine be­trayal

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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.

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