New kid ready to fly – Wainiqolo focuses on Oceania and Olympics

New inclusion of Fiji Airways Fiji 7's team Jiuta Wainiqolo at his uncle's place in Nasinu. Picture: RAMA/FILE

With three more days to go for the 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania 7s, Fiji Airways Fiji men’s 7s wing Jiuta Wainiqolo says his performance in Australia will determine his spot for the Olympics.

The former Ratu Kadavulevu school winger says being part of the 7s squad is not easy.

“It takes a lot of sacrifices and hard work — and for me trying to push myself to reach that standard,” he said.

“For me, I’m just focusing on Olympic.” Wainiqolo added that it was really hard for him training during the one month lockdown because all training facilities were closed.

“Yes, it really affected my training coz everything was closed so I have to do our individual training program at home in order to stay fit.”

He added being chosen to be part of the team to the Oceania 7s is a blessing.

“I am just lost of words. “I know I’ve sacrifice a lot to be selected to play in the Oceania 7s and I would like to thank the Almighty God for that and my family back home for their support.

“I can’t wait to show what God gave me.”

The new kid on the block is urging members of the public to maintain social distancing and follow instructions during this difficult time that we are going through.

“We’ll get through this together as a nation.” He had signed a three-year deal with French Top 14 club Toulon.

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