The pacific nation of Fiji is in a mood of celebration and jubilation having won its first ever Olympic medal after thumping Great Britain 43-7 in the rugby sevens final to scoop the gold medal. Wild merriment exploded across the island nation as drivers leapt out of their cars and people took to the streets to wave the national flag, phone carriers offered free calls.
The national carrier called Fiji Airways announced the only beer it will serve on today will be Fiji Gold, a popular local beverage.
The government of Fiji summed it all up by declaring August 12 a national holiday to commemorate the victory.
According to The Fiji Times, staff at the main hospital reported that patients used their crutches or wheelchairs to get to the television set to ensure they do not miss the history making event.
Present Prime Minister and former coup leader, Frank Bainimarama thanked the Olympic officials for including the sport in the competition for the first time:
“We can showcase little country like us who don’t have the financial backing like the other countries have, but we managed to beat them,” he said. It’s a wonderful feeling to be Fijian right now wherever you are in the world, especially those back home,” Bainimarama stated.
Schools and shops in the small nation of about 900,000 citizens shut down as people stayed glued to their televisions as the historic final unfolded.