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Fiji rugby sevens gold medal, Fiji beat New Zealand, Jerry Tuwai, Semi Radradra

TOKYO – At dusk on Wednesday evening, Fiji’s sevens rugby team, having not seen their families for almost half a year, gathered at the south end of Tokyo Stadium.

As New Zealand’s men tried to pick themselves up after defeat, a dozen Fijian men stood together entwined in a circle and sung, having moments earlier defended their gold medal. The public announcer recognised the moment and turned off the music.

Fiji sing a song in a huddle following their gold medal success at Tokyo Stadium on July 28, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Then Fiji’s haunting hymns echoed throughout the near-empty stadium, as the few privileged people inside stood motionless, mesmerised by the beauty of grown men’s voices.

For a colourless Games, this was one of the moments of the Olympics.

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