The 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning men’s rugby team from Fiji received a rousing welcome on their return form Brazil. They received a hero’s welcome back when they touched down on home soil.
There were thousands of fans lined up in the streets of Nadi to catch a glimpse of the rugby sevens team that made their nation proud. These players have put Fiji on the Rugby sevens map.
The streets were filled with fans as the team members made their way from the airport to the Prince Charles Park, where they were given a rousing official welcome. This park also was packed to capacity to receive the favorite sons of the soil.
The players were seen wearing the gold medal that they received at the Rio Olympics round their necks. They were introduced to the crowd gathered at the Prince Charles Park as the greatest rugby sevens team in the world. The players definitely deserved every bit of appreciation and adulation that was showered on them at home as they trounced Great Britain 43-7 in the finals. This is the first ever Olympics medal won by Fiji.
Fijian coach Ben Ryan was elated and happy with the performance that his boys had put up in Rio. The coach said that Fiji won not because the players were carrying the weight of the nation on their shoulders, but because the players were on every Fijian shoulder. The Fiji team captain Osea Kolinisau said that he was expecting something crazy when the team landed in Fiji, but did not expect so much of craziness from the nation.
The team received a standing ovation from the 18,000 crowd that had gathered at the Prince Charles Park on their arrival. They sang, clapped and danced with joy and merriment. Prime Minster of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, said that this was a moment that every Fijian will cherish forever.