Fiji's stars of Rio return home to a hero's welcome and seas of blue     DATE: 2024-07-15 15:31:34

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Fiji's capital Suva to welcome home the island nation's gold medal-winning rugby 7s team.

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In honour of the victory, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama not only declared a national holiday, he extended it so the celebrations could continue.

The rugby 7s team captain, Osea Kolinisau told journalists that the reception was humbling and overwhelming, saying "we knew it was going to be crazy but not this crazy."

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And a bit of rain wasn't about to stop anyone from lighting flares, waving flags and singing songs.

The Fiji rugby 7s coach Ben Ryan said it best with a tweet: "It's just amazing!!"