Fiji athletes urged to stay focused

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro trains in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic Games in Japan. Picture: SUPPLIED

TEAM Fiji athletes have been urged to overcome the thought and effect of COVID-19  while preparing for their events in the Olympic Games in Japan.

Chef de mission Patrick Bower reminded the athletes on the importance of giving their best at the Games for themselves and for the country.

“Stay focused,” Bower told the athletes during their assembly at the Games village this  week.

“Remember why you are here. We have a situation at home, and if you give your best and remain focus on the task at hand, we will help the people at home.”

Unlike 2016 during the Rio games, Team Fiji athletes in Japan now are allowed to hold on to their cell phones and continue to remain in contact with their relatives and those at home.

“They have access to internet and we allow them to have contact with family members. But our message to them is to remain focus and to remain safe and be their best when they perform.”  Athletes had also been advised to avoid unneccesary trips within the Games village and  outside.

“They are not allowed to move around. We have very strict protocol from the government here, Anyone caught wandering around will be sent home immediately. “We are safe and are ready for the Games.

We have some athletes in the Games village and some will join this weekend. Rugby women’s  team will move in on Saturday and our swimmer Taichi Vakasama will compete on Tues- day while Chyenne (Rova) will compete later.

“We are safe here and we are doing checkups daily to ensure that we remain safe. Please continue to pray for us.”

The men’s 7s team marched into the Games village on Thursday.

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