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Fiji will surprise world in Rio: Gosper

Fiji celebrates a recent win in Hong Kong during the HSBC IRB series. Photo:

Fiji celebrates a recent win in Hong Kong. Photo: rugbywrapup

Fiji will win its first Olympic Games medal in Rio de Janeiro, says IRB chief executive Brett Gosper.

“Fiji will surprise the world but not us (IRB) if they win their country’s first-ever Olympic medal,” Gosper said when questioned what nations will surprise when rugby sevens will be included for the first time in the biggest global sporting event.

Gosper was fielding questions from rugby followers on Olympic Day on Tuesday and he believes the sport will be a big hit in Rio.

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IRB to restore funding

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper. Photo: Getty Images

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper. Photo: Getty Images

IRB boss Brett Gosper has announced that Fiji’s funding will soon be resumed after it was suspended in January because of serious concerns over the Fijian board’s governance and financial control.

“We did suspend funding for Fiji, but there have been meetings recently and that suspension will soon be lifted,” Gosper said. “They’ve taken significant strides towards putting their house in order and their finances are in much better shape, not least because they’ve just agreed a big sponsorship deal.

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