Fiji’s PM wins bronze in athletics at 75

Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka winning a bronze medal at an international athletics championships, aged 75. PHOTO: X

Renowned Fijian Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, made headlines on Wednesday by clinching a bronze medal at the Oceania championships in the shot put event, showcasing his sporting prowess at the age of 75.

Rabuka, a versatile athlete in his youth who also represented Fiji in rugby, achieved this impressive feat in his age category amid tough competition from Australian contenders.

While it’s common for world leaders to participate in sports events, it’s a rarity for one to emerge victorious with a medal at an international level.

Rabuka’s throw of 7.09 meters secured him the bronze in the 75-79 age group, underscoring his commitment to fitness and health throughout his life. The prime minister took to social media, expressing his aim to inspire younger generations to embrace an active lifestyle.

This triumph serves as a morale booster for Rabuka, who narrowly missed out on another medal earlier in the discus event.

Drawing from his illustrious sporting background that dates back 50 years to the 1974 Commonwealth Games, where he represented Fiji in multiple disciplines, including hammer throw and decathlon, Rabuka’s athletic journey showcases his enduring passion for sports.

Apart from his sporting accomplishments, Rabuka is a prominent political figure in Fiji, known for his military background and leadership roles. Having led two coups in 1987 before transitioning to politics, he recently returned to the premiership after a 23-year hiatus. Rabuka’s tenacity and dynamism, both on the field and in government, continue to captivate the nation and beyond.