Photo: PHOTOSPORT Fiji on the medal podium during the 2016 Olympic Games Mr Bainimarama made the announcement at a gala dinner marking the one-year anniversary of Fiji’s historic win at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio.He said Fiji has been known as one of the finest exponents of running sevens rugby for decades and had become a dominant force on the international stage.However, he bemoaned the fact the country didn’t currently have a major international Sevens event placing them properly on the world stage.”We do not have a major Sevens event that befits our position as Olympic Men’s Rugby 7s Champions,” Mr Bainimarama said.Once the next bidding process commences, the Fiji Rugby Union and the government will submit a bid.The Prime Minister, who is also the President of the FRU, said the country would look to put its best foot forward to host such an event.”The opportunity to host a leg may be as early as 2020, it may be later, but we want Fiji to be ready when that time comes,” Mr Bainimarama said.The chairman of the FRU, Commander Francis Kean, said his board was making great strides on many fronts in becoming more professional citing a recently approved strategic plan which identified hosting of a leg of the Sevens Series as a key priority.”The benefits of hosting a leg are truly significant,” Mr Kean said.”From the financial benefits to our economy flowing from the tourism and spending, to the massive global exposure of such an event, hosting a leg of the World Sevens Series positions our country favourably alongside the current other 10 cities.”Plus, it gives our Sevens team a chance to play in front of a home crowd, in front of their families and friends.”Mr Kean said the FRU will be investing a lot of time, energy and resources over the next six months towards submitting a compelling bid.Currently the HSBC World Sevens Series is played in 10 cities; Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Hamilton, Singapore, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Paris and London.The cities selected by World Rugby to host a major event would need to satisfy a wide range of criteria including venue, accommodation and potential attendance.Mr Kean said the FRU was announcing its intention to bid when the opportunity arises once current hosting agreements expire in 2019.
“There aren’t as many people this year,” said one merchant working the fairgrounds yesterday. “Last year, the parking lot was full.” He gestured to the grassy fields that served as a parking area, which were mostly empty.No one could pinpoint exactly why the Chicharrón Fair in Puriscal was so quiet this year, but there were some convincing theories: Organizers had failed to procure the usual carnival rides, one of the big draws for families. Indeed, there was hardly a child to be found. Many of the vendors were not based in Santiago de Puriscal, a town nestled in the mountains west of San José, where the chicharrón is famously well-prepared. Also, the sky was overcast and passing rain showers kept even more people at bay. Even the shack reserved for handling a boa constrictor didn’t attract many customers.However, for the 100 or so people wandering the fairgrounds on Saturday, the fair’s fare was still delicious. Throughout the Spanish-speaking world, chicharrón is generally defined as pork rinds, and it is eaten alone or in various platters, including and Costa Rican chifrijo and Nicaraguan vigorón. But at the Chicharrón Fair, the preparation is much meatier – entire blocks of pork are fried on the spot, mixed with vegetables, pico de gallo, and yucca, then voraciously devoured.“This type is called chilopo,” said Arnoldo Zúñiga, owner of Cheese & Steak Bar in Cartago, as he cut the meat. “I serve it with a special blend of cheeses, Turrialba and some others. It’s delicious.”Despite the absence of toro bullfights and rusty rides, participants managed to find things to do: A group of young men threw around a Frisbee, people browsed the gift stalls, and some people paid a modest ₡20,000 ($40) for a helicopter ride around Puriscal’s breathtaking alpine countryside. When the rain started to fall and patrons headed for cover beneath the chicharrón tents, people started ordering exponentially greater numbers of bottles of Imperial.Maybe it will be better next year. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Related posts:It’s Christmas time in the city National Theater announces 2015 season FIA-sco! Arts Festival delayed, afternoon events cancelled in Alajuelita and Acosta Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times event