We’re Ready To Go, Says Wong
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.
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.
Team Fiji during the i-tatau presentation to the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at State House yesterday.