August 19, 2021
Fijiana Captain Rusila Nagasau says the players challenged themselves to give their all for the nation in the Olympics and she feels proud to have led a group of amazing talented women in the Tokyo where they bagged a bronze medal.
Nagasau said the players took the challenge to take something out of the Olympics in return for sacrificing their families in Fiji for two months.
“Yes the training session at the PTC was very hard. When we came to camp, the training was getting harder. We did not talk to our families; we did not share what we were going through every day. For us that was one of the motivations that took us to Olympics.
"Going to the Olympics, playing for your sisters, not seeing your family but you have your sisters around you, your team mates and management there pushing us where we got. For us, that was our motivation to help each other during the training. Our aim was to go and we’ve done.”
“Our main aim was to go there and come back to our family with something at least to give them.”
“It was a biggest challenge for us going into the camp for two months in PTC, not seeing our family- that was the biggest challenge for us. We were really giving ourselves big opportunity to see what was ahead of us, going to the Olympics to get something out.”
“For us the preparation was really hard. Getting the girls to come into camp. We came in thinking it’s a normal camping week. When we were in camp, we were told that we are not going home. From there we realized, we had no time to go back home and pack our stuffs.”
Nagasau reflected back on their camp saying training was difficult but they did not lose hope.
“The first thing the coach took from us was our phone during the week. We had chub clubs and injury clubs. The chubs clubs were trying to cut on our eating. We Fijians love our carbs like Cassave, Yam, Dalo and not eating for two months was a biggest challenge.”
“When we had injury, we had to straight go to the injury squad. For you to be in the team, the first challenge was you getting back to the team before selection. So for us it was the biggest challenge especially in the chub club to try to cut down on weight so that the management or coach can pick you. The biggest challenge for us was not eating. No carbs, no sugar.”
“Now we know why the coach and management were doing that because they were really wanting to go and get the medal.”
“The fever is still high in the quarantine. It was a one lifetime opportunity for us women winning a bronze medal here in Fiji,” she added.
By Romeka Romena