Fiji’s athletes can be groomed to become Olympians – Lenoa

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Makarita Lenoa. Picture: SUPPLIED/FT FILE

If there is one take-away from Fiji’s successful defence of its Olympics gold medal in sevens rugby – it’s the potential that athletes in Fiji can be trained and groomed to become Olympians.

That’s the reflection of Fiji Association of National Olympic president (FASANOC), Makarita Lenoa after Fiji beat New Zealand 27-12 in the men’s sevens rugby Wednesday at the Tokyo Stadium.

“Fiji has the potential to win medals at the Olympics if adequate resources are channelled to sporting bodies to support the growth and development of these athletes.

“The boys have shown that if resources are there to support athletes in every sport, I’m sure we can get more than one gold at the Olympics,” said Lenoa.

In Fiji’s case, there was funding support from the Government of Fiji and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Solidarity fund to help prepare athletes qualify for the Olympics.

There was also support from the Australian Government through its PacificAus Sports Program funded by DFAT and delivered through the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

Lenoa echoed the men’s sevens team dedication of their win to people back home suffering from the COVID pandemic.

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