Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru has given an assurance that the promise of the previous government to the two-time Olympic gold medallist, Jerry Tuwai, will be fulfilled.
While officiating at the closing ceremony of the 47th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s, Saukuru says the government will ensure that speculations surrounding Tuwai and his family's situation by being promised a grant of $33,000 for the building of their new home after his back-to-back Olympic gold medal wins, will be solved.
He says they will make sure that Tuwai and his family enter their dream house soon.
He adds that while Fiji is basking in Olympic euphoria, it is a pity that our Rugby House never fully capitalized on the win and rode on the crest of being the current Olympic gold medal champion in the marketing of Fiji’s product.
The Minister also highlighted that through the support of the people, the Ministry of Youth and Sports together with the Fiji Sports Council, the fundraising for former Fiji 7s playmaker and Olympic gold medallist, Napolioni Bolaca's knee surgery will be fulfilled.
Saukuru says players welfare, and creating a safe environment for athletes while competing and training for their sport is important.
He adds that the coalition government acknowledges the contributions of sports in Fiji's economy, in terms of remittances and the tourism mileage gained by participating in international tournaments and they will continue to support sports teams through the Fiji National Sports Commission.
Saukuru urges Fijians to keep supporting the players in good and bad times.
Meanwhile, Police Blue dethroned Fiji 1 15-5 to claim the men's title in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s, Army Women successfully defended their women's title after defeating Seahawks 17-10 and Dominion Brothers retained the Under 21 title defeating Ravuka Sharks 10-5.
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