Contenders for the World Rugby Sevens: Are Fiji Unstoppable?

Contenders for the World Rugby Sevens: Are Fiji Unstoppable?

Rugby sevens has just made a thrilling debut at the Olympics in Rio – and Fiji have made history by winning their country’s first ever Olympic medal. After breezing through the tournament, the Fijian dream team demolished Great Britain 43-7 to win gold in an embarrassingly one-sided final. Fiji’s power, flair and athleticism set them several classes apart and, for GB, there can be no shame in losing against such an outrageously talented team. The celebrations in Fiji are set to go on for some time, with rugby being something of a religion to the Pacific island nation. Marrying Fijian flair with English discipline English coach Ben Ryan has harnessed the Fijian side’s natural offloading game and brought order to their chaos with a more regimented approach to training. He banned alcohol, controlled food portions and confiscated phones for the duration of tournaments. And the discipline has paid off. Since the start of his tenure in 2013, Ryan has led Fiji to back-to-back World Series wins – and can now add Olympic gold to that collection of titles. Fiji recognised his efforts by awarding him one of the country’s highest civil honours. On Ryan’s return from Rio, President Jioji Konrote made him a Companion of the Order of Fiji at a ceremony in Suva. The World Rugby Sevens Series – who can stop Fiji? The 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series was the biggest to date. With sevens’ popularity at an all-time high after the Olympics, the next series looks set to be even bigger. The series’ iconic blend of exhilarating action, unforgettable moments, exotic destinations and a festival atmosphere...
Brazil: The Country of Sport

Brazil: The Country of Sport

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. It’s famous for football, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, gorgeous beaches and the Amazon rainforest – the lungs of the planet. It’s a country of contradiction, great cultural diversity, ancient wilderness and urban mosaic. There’s plenty to see and do in Brazil, especially during one of this year’s most important sporting events. The Rio Olympics     Brazil is the first South American country to be nominated as a host for the Summer Olympics, and the second Latin American country – Mexico had the honour of hosting the Games in 1968. Brazil has so far won 11 medals in total. The day after the opening ceremony, Felipe Wu won silver in the men’s 10m air pistol shooting. Wu was followed by Rafaela Silva, who bagged a gold in the women’s 57kg judo division right at the beginning of the Games. Silva and her teammate Mayra Aguiar also won bronze medals.     Gymnastics has been Brazil’s most outstanding sport so far, with Diego Hypolito and Arthur Zanetti getting silver medals and Arthur Mariano receiving a bronze. Thiago Braz da Silva earned Brazil another gold in the men’s pole vault, and Poliana Okimoto won bronze in the women’s 10km open water swimming. It’s been a successful week for Brazil and with five days still to go, they’re currently in 15th place on the medal table. An Olympian transformation     Rio has certainly gained from the Olympics. A large-scale urban waterfront revitalisation project has transformed its downtown area. The 5km2 port area is designed to make the city...