Historic night for Vakasama and Nagasau as team Fiji flag bearers at Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony


Historic night for Vakasama and Nagasau as team Fiji flag bearers at Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony

It was a historic evening for 21-year-old Fijian team swimmer Taichi Vakasama and 33-year-old Fijiana 7s team captain Rusila Nagasau, who were the flagship of the Fijian team at the ceremony. opening of the Olympic Games.

Vakasama has replaced two-time Olympian Jerry Tuwai, who was initially announced as one of the standard bearers.

Vakasama and Nagasau are both Pacific Games gold medalists.

The two were dressed in traditional iTaukei “Kuta” attire as they led a small contingent of Team Fiji who all wore bright blue Fiji walking attire.

It included Chef de Mission Patrick Bower, Fiji Men 7s coach Gareth Baber, another of our swimmers Cheyenne Rova, Sophia Morgan from sailing and other officials.

Members of the 7s teams did not participate in the opening ceremony, but they still got into the spirit of things and put on their walking gear and interacted with other athletes.

The ceremony itself was modest, a reminder of everything the world has been through but offered hope for what is to come.

But the lack of crowds was glaring as masked and socially distant athletes waved to empty stands and there was no roar accompanying their march into the stadium.

Some 900 dignitaries watched in the 68,000-seat room, including the First Lady of the United States, Dr Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The ceremony also paid tribute to the universality of sport, its power to unite people of different cultures and origins and to instill a sense of hope, even in the most troubling moments.

The honor of lighting the Olympic flame went to Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka, signifying the beacon of hope that the Olympics strive to be.

Sally Yee will kick off the Team Fiji campaign at the Tokyo Olympics table tennis competition at noon today.

The men’s competition for the 7-a-side Olympic Games will take place from next Monday to Wednesday.

The Fiji men’s 7-team will begin their Olympic gold medal defense against Japan at 12 p.m. Monday and then face Canada at 8 p.m. Monday.

Fiji will face Great Britain at 12:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

The quarter-finals will start at 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday, the semi-finals will be played from 2 p.m. next Wednesday while the final will be played at 9 p.m. next Wednesday.

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