The brand new Olympic champions from Fiji are already in the country and must do a two-week quarantine before being able to see their relatives and continue with the festivities.
While It is discussed in the country how the celebrations will be in times of pandemic, those who took center stage were the relatives of the players, that from different parts of the country tell the reality of each one of those who managed to obtain for the second consecutive time the Gold in the Olympic Games, after having obtained the title in Rio 2016.
The Iosefo Masi’s father, Antonio Kawakawa, said that they prayed before the final and that his son played with a broken finger. The player grew up on his family farm in Delaivuna and his father commented that the villagers gathered in the village hall to watch all the games, as there was no other television screen. The Gold that Fiji got by beating New Zealand in the final was “celebrating by hitting pots and pans or whatever you could grab,” Masi’s father told FijiSun.
For his part The family of Ratu Meli Derenalagi, He also showed his pride in the player. “Tu Meli sacrificed a lot in life to win a place in the Tokyo Olympics and winning the Gold medal with his team will be forever etched in our family history,” said father Ratu Vuniani. “We spoke for the last time on Saturday and the only advice I gave him was not to forget that he represents his family, Vanua and the people of Fiji.”, Were the words of the progenitor before the glory bathes the entire team in gold.
“We thank you for keeping your promise to your family, your country and God.” were the words of the proud father Apimeleki Nasalo, whose son Napolioni Ratu Bolaca was part of the winning team who made history by becoming the only selected of seven to win two consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. “When he told me he wanted to play rugby we supported him and never doubted his commitment to the game. And when he got the call, he told us that Olympic Games Gold was his ultimate goal. “