SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The England-born coach of Fiji's gold medal-winning rugby sevens team, Ben Ryan, has been awarded one of the Pacific nation's highest civil honors at a ceremony in the capital Suva on Monday.
Fiji president Jioji Konrote made Ryan a Companion of the Order of Fiji, the highest honorary title that can be awarded under the Order.
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The Fiji players and team managers were made Officers of the Order of Fiji and, with Ryan, were awarded $30,000 by the Fiji government for winning Fiji's first Olympics medal.
The awards took place at a ceremony at Suva's packed National Stadium on Monday, which was made a national holiday in the team's honor.
Fans cheered as Ryan drained a bowl of the local beverage kava as part of a traditional ceremony of celebration.