29 Jul 2021

Fireworks light sky after sevens Olympic gold

12:25 am on 29 July 2021

Fireworks lit up the sky in Fiji last night as the nation celebrated their Sevens team winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Celebrations in Fiji.

Celebrations in Fiji. Photo: Screengrab

Fiji have now won back-to-back rugby sevens Olympic gold medals.

Shortly after the Fiji men's sevens team secured the historic win, videos began circulating on social media showing colourful, socially distanced celebrations in backyards, and showing appreciation for the bangs and crackles of their neighbours fireworks displays.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama tweeted the "win was more than gold".

He congratulated the team, saying "your love for this game, for each other, and for your country has shown again that when Fijians unite, we can achieve greatness - no matter what the world throws our way."

Fiji is grappling with a worsening Covid-19 outbreak, with more than 19,000 positive people in isolation and over 200 deaths reported.

Despite having to stay apart, the country came together to celebrate - by singing, yelling, and banging pots and pans. Neighbours celebrated with one another - but from afar.

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