French ambassador François-Xavier Leger (left) runs alongside former Paralympian Mere Rodan during the Relais Autour Du Monde Terre De Jeux at Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
REPRESENTATIVE of disability organisations and institutions participated in the International Relay Race to commemorate 500 days to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic.
The race, hosted by the French Embassy, was held at Albert Park in Suva. French ambassador François-Xavier Leger, who also participated in the race, said the inclusion of representatives and students from different disability organisations made the event more meaningful.
“Though the race was carried out to commemorate the number of days before the Olympics and Paralympics, we thought it would have more meaning to the community and the people of Fiji to have members of the disability community here with us today,” he said.
The race first started in New Zealand and was handed over to Fiji, which will also cross Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
“First, we pay tribute to each country’s sports and athletes, their talent, and their performance. Sports is something that brings people from different walks of life together in peace and harmony,” Leger said.
The event concluded with students participating in quizzes based on the Olympics and Paralympics.
“I thank all of you for coming out here today and taking part in the run. We do this to remember and encourage all our athletes who will be representing the country at the Olympic and Pacific Games next year.”
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