No spe­cial treat­ment in Olympics: Wong

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In the Olympic move­ment ev­ery­one is treated fairly and equally and there is no spe­cial treat­ment for any top ath­lete or team, says Team Fiji chef de mis­sion Cathy Wong. This was af­ter ques­tions were raised on whether the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) pro­vided fund­ing for world class ath­letes or team when they par­tic­i­pate at the Olympic Games. Th­ese priv­i­leges are like trav­el­ling in busi­ness class and given spe­cial ac­cess at the Games vil­lage.

It is un­der­stood that our na­tional rugby sev­ens team could qual­ify for any such priv­i­lege be­cause they are ranked No.1 in the world. But Wong said: “When they come to the vil­lage ev­ery­one is treated the same, in the Olympic move­ment all the ath­letes are treated the same and only the prepa­ra­tion is dif­fer­ent.” “Ev­ery­one trav­els in econ­omy class, they never travel on busi­ness class. If one wants to go on busi­ness class then it’s up to the man­ager to find the funds for it. There is no spe­cial treat­ment given to any­one in the Olympic Games vil­lage.” Wong also ex­plained about the Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity fund­ing that is pro­vided by IOC. “There are two fund­ing pro­vided by IOC, one is the Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity fund­ing and there is the Olympic schol­ar­ship fund­ing. “The Olympic sol­i­dar­ity fund­ing, all the Olympic mem­bers of the Olympic com­mit­tee can ap­ply for, it pro­vides funds to ath­letes train­ing, funds the sup­port staff of the ath­lete. “FASANOC ap­plies for it every year, so there is a quota that goes out and all the coun­try gets that piece of cake,” she added. The other fund­ing is Olympic schol­ar­ship which is given to ath­letes iden­ti­fied by in­di­vid­ual Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees. If the ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful then ath­letes will be given schol­ar­ship to train and study abroad.

Med­i­cal check-up

Wong con­firmed Team Fiji went through their med­i­cal checks in Suva yes­ter­day where ath­letes re­ceived their yel­low fever and malaria vac­ci­na­tions.

Team Fiji chef de mis­sion Cathy Wong. Photo: Jus­tine Man­nan.

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