RIO 2016: Fiji Declares Public Holiday To Celebrate First Ever Olympic Medal


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Following the receipt of its first ever Olympic medal, the tiny pacific nation of Fiji has declared a public holiday to celebrate the historic event.

Recall that the country’s rugby team won an Olympic Gold medal after defeating Great Britain in a crushing 43-7 victory.

As wild celebrations erupted in the homeland following the win, Fiji Airways, the national carrier, announced it will only make the Fiji Gold beer available for consumption in celebration of the achievement.

In line with the jubilation, the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, also declared August 22 a national holiday to mark the win.

Fiji Times reported that “patients used their crutches or wheelchairs to get to the television to ensure they do not miss history in the making”.

The Prime Minister while thanking the team said: “We can showcase little country like us who don’t have the financial backing like the other countries have, but we managed to beat them,”

He added: “It’s a wonderful feeling to be Fijian right now wherever you are in the world, especially those back home.”

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