We’re Ready To Go, Says Wong

Fiji Sun - - Sports - ANASILINI RATUVA SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: anasilinir@fi­jisun.com.fj

As­light driz­zle swept through Suva as the Team Fiji con­tin­gent pre­sented their tra­di­tional i-tatau to the Pres­i­dent Ma­jor Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote at the State House yes­ter­day. Team Fiji chef de mis­sion Cathy Wong said the cer­e­mony was dif­fer­ent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ones as emo­tions were run­ning high. “The i-tatau was an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” she said. “We have been to the itatau cer­e­mony many times but this this one was a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere al­to­gether it was re­ally great. Now we are ready to pack our bags and go to Rio.” Rev­erend Isireli Kaci­mai­wai started off the cer­e­mony with a ser­mon and re­minded the ath­letes of the Bib­li­cal story of David and Go­liath.

“You will be bat­tling against na­tions that have got money, welle­quipped with re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties but for you as a tiny na­tion you will en­ter that bat­tle field spiritually equipped, think of your God that will help you fight your bat­tle,” Rev­erend Kaci­mai­wai said. Ma­jor Gen­eral (Ret’d) Kon­rote told the ath­letes to be hum­ble in vic­tory and be gra­cious in de­feat. “I en­cour­age you all to do your best in Rio and be ex­em­plary am­bas­sadors for our coun­try, both on and off the field,” he said. “I also wish to re­mind you of one un­chang­ing as­pect of com­pet­i­tive sports es­pe­cially when it comes to de­cid­ing who goes home with a medal- and that is, there will al­ways be a win­ner and a loser. “I would urge you to give it your best shot. You have sac­ri­ficed so much to earn a spot in our na­tional team. De­velop an in­domitable spirit and give ev­ery ounce of strength that you have. Should you be the one stand­ing on the medal podium, I en­cour­age you to ac­cept your award with hu­mil­ity.” Wong said the mes­sage of re­as­sur­ance from the Pres­i­dent and Rev­erend Kaci­mai­wai would surely boost the ath­letes’ per­for­mance at the Olympics.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

From left: First Lady Sarote Kon­rote, Team Fiji na­tional 7s rugby rep Semi Ku­natani and Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote at the State House, Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Team Fiji dur­ing the i-tatau pre­sen­ta­tion to the Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote at State House yes­ter­day.

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