Team Fiji farewell

Members of the Team Fiji contingent to the South Pacific Games at the State House in Suva yesterday after presenting their iTatau to the President. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE moment has arrived, months of commitment and sacrifices will be put to the test and 359 athletes have trained hard to achieve something for Fiji in the Pacific Games in Samoa.

The Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar wished luck to the participants and officials as they embarked on a two-week journey of competition in Samoa and he has encouraged them to
represent Fiji with pride.

“Remember, that you represent not only yourself or your sport, but all Fijians when you pull on the national colours. Represent us well. Represent Fiji with pride. Represent all Fijians with honour
and good sporting conduct.

“Team Fiji Pacific Games 2019 features many young athletes and some of our evergreen “youthful” veterans. This augurs well for the future of sports in Fiji. All Fijians look forward to sharing
in your achievements and the glory that it brings to our beloved islands,” said Kumar.

Despite the different racial backgrounds that form the national team to Samoa, Kumar encourages them all to be motivated by the team motto.

“It is significant that Team Fiji is entering the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa with our inspiring “One in Spirit” motto.

This is indicative of the reverence that all of you have for our treasured homeland and for being our sporting heroes.

“Fiji is renowned as a small island with a big heart and even bigger achievements when it comes to sports.

2019, is a year of big sporting events, and the Pacific Games is for Fiji and other Pacific Islands, our stairway to the Olympics and World stages, as it showcases the best from the region.”

The first contingent from Team Fiji left the country early this morning for Samoa. The games starts on Sunday.

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