Presence of Olympic champs sure to motivate players

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MOHAMMAD AMIN-UL ISLAM

THE presence of Olympic champions Fiji’s players will give added motivation to the players at the Qatar Sevens League final on Friday. 

The reigning World Sevens Series champions also won the Hong Kong Sevens a record 12 times since it started in 1976 besides claiming the Rugby World Cup Sevens twice, in 1997 and 2005. 

“It’s an honour to host the Olympic champions. The team’s presence during Qatar Sevens League final will give the sport in Qatar added mileage. That Fiji wanted to visit Doha was a great privilege considering the number of requests they received from around the world,” said Qatar Rugby Federation President Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari.

The Pacific Island side is to play a friendly against Camels. They will also participate in promotional activities with schoolchildren. 

“The school kids will’ve a wonderful opportunity to witness the sevens final and meet Fijian heroes,” Al Kuwari added.

“Our teams can learn a lot from them. We’ve five Fijians in domestic league and we hope to increase the number in future. The team’s visit hoped to improve our rugby ties with them,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Kevin Ayling, who will officiate the friendly between the Fiji side and Camels, said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for any referee. They’re fast, keep the ball in hand and rarely indulge in fouls.” 

 

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