Other avenues

Sailosi Batiratu | Sunday, January 14, 2018
THE Fiji Rugby Union held its 10s tournament yesterday at the stadium at Laucala Bay in Suva.

Eight teams fought for the main prizemoney of $5000.

Compared with the big 7s rugby tournaments, that doesn't sound like much. It would also be fair to say that, unlike 7s or 15-a-side rugby, not a lot of us know that much about 10s rugby. This, despite 10s tournaments being held as side events at major 7s tournaments like that at Hong Kong and Dubai.

Why then are we talking a game that is only a side event and which could be said to be completely overshadowed by the 7s version?

Maybe, we should be if only for the fact that in the 10-a-side version of the oval ball game is an opportunity. An opportunity which properly planned and executed by very capable people could propel the game to heights it has never known, at least in Fiji.

One only has to go through the history of the Hong Kong 7s to know it was not always the spectacle it is today.

From that one tournament, which is considered to the Mecca of 7s rugby, there is now series consisting of several legs with two tournaments on a leg. Not to mention a world cup all on its own.

At some 7s world series venues, there is also a women's competition.

Now we have groups of players dedicated, but not exclusively, for each code.

Admittedly, for something to grow from just one tournament to one or two world events, it must include the backing of some serious financiers.

However, that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about opportunity. More specifically, the ability to see an opportunity in things which we are accustomed to, in everyday things.

Take for instance land travel for the public here in our very own country.

We had buses, taxis and other means but this two were the main ones.

Then someone, or some people got together, and asked a question. What about, since there are so many people travelling from point A to point B on a daily basis, we provide another form of transportation?

So they set about challenging the way things were, including the law. After a while, their operations were regularised and today we have mini-vans travelling from Suva to the West and in between some municipalities.

We're often reminded, from every level of leadership, about the problems associated with our smallness, with our lack of physical and monetary resources and all that goes with it and so on and so forth.

What we don't have a lack of, is people. Imagine if we had more people who asked the "what if" question and in doing so opened up other avenues, and maybe not only local ones at that!

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