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Fijian Honorary Consul of Canada Bobby Naicker flanked by John and Sharlin PrasadFijian Honorary Consul of Canada Bobby Naicker flanked by John and Sharlin PrasadDRESSED in signature blue attires and flags Fijian fans celebrated Fiji’s Olympic sevens gold victory in Surrey on Saturday.

Fiji beat New Zealand 27-12 to win its second successive gold medal in the grand finale on Wednesday in Tokyo.

The super excited ‘Little Fiji’ erupted with joy and pride as fans danced to the tune of island music at Nordel on Scott Road.

The celebration was organized by Radio Fiji Mirchi Canada, with Fijian Honorary Consul of Canada, Bobby Naicker as the guest.

“Firstly, I want to congratulate the Fijiana team on their first medal ever, a bronze with their 21-12 win against Great Britain”, he said.

“The team had been away from home for 16 weeks and will quarantine going back”.

Naicker said he is extremely proud of the men's team as it is very tough to repeat in the Olympics.

“Congratulations also to coaches for bringing the best of both teams”.

“I salute the ambassadors for our beloved Fiji.

“Happy for Jerry Tuwai, for his double gold, he is the only player who was part of the history making 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning team”.

Sharlin Ugra, Fiji men’s 7s ‘Roti Girl’ in Vancouver, said it was just pure joy and happiness to be at the celebrations.

“I’m ecstatic, Fiji doubled its sevens gold count, proud feeling”.

Sharlin said her husband John Prasad has been traveling to watch Fiji men’s 7s team since the San Diego days, who later got her into the sport.

“It’s an incredible feeling Fiji winning gold, can't feel better than this, it is amazing, we won the gold back-to-back," said Praveen Pratap, a fan in the crowds at celebrations.

“We love Fiji, our small Island boys and girls getting us recognized world-over”.

Joy erupted in Fiji and around the world when Fiji beat New Zealand in the final.

Vancouverites are the first Fijians to hold a huge celebration as other countries have restrictions on large gatherings amid the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Fiji, where people are suffering because of the coronavirus crisis and the deep economic recession provoked by the curbs, has welcomed the success with hope and relief.

"It's like living in a dream you don't want to wake up from. Fiji has woken up from the nightmare of the pandemic," said fan, Shafeel Sahib.

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