Police in Fiji are investigating reports that rugby sevens players from the Russian national side have had their personal belongings stolen while in Nadi.
The Russian side was in Fiji to take part in the Marist Sevens tournament last month. The theft took place in the airport in Nadi once the competition had concluded.
Russia are coached by the former Fiji player and World Rugby Hall of Famer Waisale Serevi. The daughter of the legendary player was quick to voice her opinion. She posted on social media to let fans’ know.
She said: “Fiji is known for the friendliest people in the world, but it takes ‘holes like you to make everyone look bad. Dad has done so much for Fiji and yet some of y’all still look down on him and disrespect him for no reason – but this is on some different level.
M7: Dear @fijirugby and all who have reached out to us, thank you. We want you to know this is not the memory we will take from your country or your people. You welcomed us and treated us like Family from the start & because of you, we leave with more than we arrived. Vinaka Fiji
— Rugby Union Russia (@russiarugby) April 3, 2019
“Russia, like the Fiji boys, has always been family to us so stealing clothes, cleats, runners and speakers from these Russian boys who have worked so hard to prepare for the qualifiers in Hong Kong. You’re high if you think you won’t get caught.”
However, the governing body of the Russian Sevens team has since issued a statement thanking the people of Fiji and their sevens fans.
They posted on social media: “We want you to know this is not the memory we will take from your country or your people. You welcomed us and treated us like Family from the start and because of you; we leave with more than we arrived. Vinaka Fiji.
Russia begin their qualifying tournament on Friday. Their first fixture sees them come up against Uruguay taking on Jamaica and Ireland.
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