Fiji PM announces public holiday after first Games medal

Fiji PM announces public holiday after first Games medal

  • Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a further day of public holiday for the Pacific island nation
  • The Fijians were crowned the first men’s Olympic sevens champions after crushing Britain 43-7 in the final
  • Bainimarama attended every day of the three-day competition, shunning the VIP area to sit with fans
Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama has revealed that there will be a public holiday to celebrate the country’s Gold medal at the Sevens.

The Men’s side claimed Fiji’s first Olympic medal of any kind on Thursday with an impressive 43-7 victory over Great Britain in the final.

And according to TVNZ, Bainimarama, who had avoided the VIP area at the stadium over the tournament in order to stand with Fijian fans in the stands, has added a public holiday to celebrate the team’s achievement.

“They are all celebrating (back home), they’ve been celebrating for the last three days,” he told reporters after Fiji’s outstanding showing.

“We’ve got celebrations programmed for when (the team) return… We are all proud to be Fijians right now.”

When asked to compare the Gold with previous moments of Sevens success, he said: “They were not like this one, this is the Olympics.”


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