Apr 10, 2021 Last Updated 4:12 AM, Apr 8, 2021

Coach inspires the nation

WITH the world now his oyster, former Fijian sevens coach Ben Ryan has more opportunities than he can shake a stick at. Movie deals, speaking tours, a book and now the possibility of a Super Rugby franchise. Even the New York Knicks basketball team wanted Ryan after the Olympics Rugby Sevens victory – what better way to inspire a side than through the coach of a tiny nation which defied all odds to snatch gold at the biggest spectacle on Earth?

“The New York Knicks players knew about Fiji sevens, they’d watched it in the locker room and were amazed with the athleticism of our boys and the similarities of the offloading and passing in basketball,” Ryan told the South China Morning Post. While many coaches looked at the Olympics as an assignment, for Ryan it was a time to learn. “At the Olympics there’s coaches there that have huge experience at world level from different sports and I just wanted to gain as much information and suck them dry of their knowledge, and I’ve continued to do that,” he said.

“There’s things you take and you plagiarise. Whatever it is, there’s things basketball teams might do around their offence or defence or their yoga or meditation that the Knicks are doing.....

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Danger lies within

VANUATU has always taken great pride in the varieties of kava cultivated locally. As long ago as 2002 the International Kava Executive Council was formed and Vanuatu saw fit to start to introduce quality controls on the production of kava for local consumption and for export. Furthermore a Kava Act was drawn up in this country which possessed 82 of the varieties (29 considered consumable and 10 the 'noble' varieties.) In contrast to our 82, Fiji has 12, Tonga 6 and Samoa 8 varieties. So Ni-Vanuatu pride in its home-grown euphoric was unbounded, and Ni-Vanuatu travelling to regional meetings were often asked to provide the kava for the celebrations.

But then recently to have the Fiji Sun reporting at the time of the Fiji Parliament engaging itself in debate, for a Kava Bill 2016, that the Fiji Standing Committee chair on Natural Resources stated "Whatever yaqona that goes out of Fiji should be Fiji kava because of the quality and the standard; we don't want to export substandard commodities."

Well, this did not go down well in Vanuatu. Okay, certain European countries banned kava. Kava has never been consumed in Europe. Furthermore they use the word to designate extracts produced in Europe from imported dried parts of the plant. Once it is dried, however, there is no way to tell if it is truly piper methysticum or not. 

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The FUTURE of kava

Yoshida looks to Ovalau as market key

OVALAU, Fiji (Invictus News Service) – In the sleepy little town of Ovalau, once capital of Fiji and a pivotal Pacific port, an ancient crop is emerging as a potential game changer for island economies. Kava as it is known across the region is being processed in a small factory just metres from the oldest hotel in the region and turned into a drink consumed in bars as far away as the United States.

The Yoshida family – of Japanese heritage – owns the hotel and its scion, Zane, is the brains behind Taki Mai, a line of kava products in powder and drink form. Already Yoshida has influenced changes in Fiji’s kava industry which have seen several regional countries work together to seek endorsement of the Quality Standard of Kava from the Rome-based Codex Commission of the Food and Agriculture Authority.

The endorsement will open up billions of dollars in possible export revenue for Pacific countries – especially Fiji and Vanuatu who currently lead exports and are collaborating on a common standard for growers and exporters. Yoshida knows it may take some time for endorsement – insiders say four years at the most – and that the industry must take advantage of the delay to standardise processes.

“As you know in Fiji, we are now working towards the implementation of our own kava standard and quality manual and finalisation of the Kava Bill,” Yoshida said. “The key is to now ensure we develop a sustainable platform to cater for the rapidly growing demand for kava and then it is upwards and onwards for the kava industry.”

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Rags of riches

Hard work and innovation clothe business success

THE Fijian coup of 2006 and subsequent currency valuation forced small businesses to take drastic measures. Some folded and went out of business. For the Chute family of Labasa – originally from Udu in Fiji’s far north – it was time to make the difficult decision to downsize, reorganise, pick up the pieces and rebuild.

From 14 shops in 2006, Value City sank to an all-time low with only four shops three years later. Now the regional second-hand clothing chain stands on the cusp of opening a shop in Timor Leste, the Pacific’s newest democracy. At the head of Value City is Vera Chute, eldest of eight siblings.

The first shop started in May 1990 in the back streets of Labasa. Within the year (my parents) had opened shops in Nausori, Kasabia (Yatu Lau) Arcade and Centrepoint – so within a year they had opened four shops,” Chute remembers. “The next year we moved to the West. So we grew up until 2006 we had grown up to 12 branches around Fiji. In between that time we had closed smaller operations like Levuka and Taveuni because of the high transportation costs.” 

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The Ryan legacy

What next for Fiji rugby

AFTER the glory of Olympic gold at Rio de Janeiro, expectations in Fiji will be huge heading into the World Series next year and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2018. Back-to back winners of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Fiji has also won the World Cup in the abbreviated code twice.

Fijian rugby supporters will now expect to ride the wave generated in Rio to victory in the 2016-2017 series and the World Cup in the San Francisco Bay Area in two years. But Fiji’s recent success has been due as much to its huge player talent pool as it has to the strategic planning of head coach, Englishman Ben Ryan. The road to gold was not without its pot-holes and unpaved surfaces.

Lack of finances, indiscipline, politics within the Fiji Rugby Union andthe expectations of fans that the team would win every match made Ryan’s task close to insurmountable. The former England sevens coach’s success in the tropics was due to – in one word – perseverance. Despite the fact that he went unpaid for five months and often had no money for petrol to take players to training by bus or provide bottled water after a team hit-out, Ryan plugged away at the job.

There was a challenge ahead – winning the series and taking the Olympic gold. This ginger-haired genius knew that the ultimate pay day would begin – not during the hard yards of coaching - but on the day his team mounted the victors’ podium at Deodoro Stadium. With the Olympic gold secure, perse the world is now Ryan’s oyster. official Maral Gel website

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