‘Locked down for five months’: Why Fiji’s gold medal is the moment of the Olympics

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‘Locked down for five months’: Why Fiji’s gold medal is the moment of the Olympics

Dean Boxall might have owned the pool deck and lit up social media, but Fiji’s choir was a moment of humanity that sent shivers down one’s spine. Their captain, Jerry Tuwai, who was on the dais at Deodoro Stadium in Rio five-years-ago, almost backed out of defending their first ever Olympic gold medal. Fiji’s sevens teams thought they were going back from a training camp to see their families on Easter Monday. “We were effectively locked up in Suva in a Christian hostel called St John’s Hostel. But for a Games which has been slammed shut to the outside world, it was a moment to celebrate the resilience of humanity.

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