According to The Fiji Times , staff at the main hospital reported that “patients used their crutches or wheelchairs to get to the television to ensure they do not miss history in the making”.
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Present Prime Minister and former coup leader, Frank Bainimarama thanked the Olympic officials for including the sport in the competition for the first time.
Shops and schools in the nation of 900000 closed as citizens stayed glued to their televisions as the historic final unfolded. Other Pacific nations say they too will celebrate the “magnificent and emphatic victory by a Pacific nation on the world stage”. “Pacific Island nations may have the smallest teams competing in Rio, but Fiji has today proven they are mighty,” said Colin Tukuitonga, director-general of the Pacific.