Both Fijian Paralympians represented the country in athletics, with Inosi Bulimairewa competing in the F64 Javelin final on August 30. Bulimairewa ranked 10th in the final with a 42.55m best distance.
Iosefo Rakesa was disqualified due to a technical timeout in the Shot Put F41 final on August 30.
Tragically, Rakesa’s dream of a podium finish at the Games was shattered after being disqualified from competing in the F41 Javelin event on September 5 due to his technical timeout in the earlier event.
The Fiji Paralympic Committee appealed the decision twice but was unsuccessful both times.
The Fiji Paralympic Committee expressed their disappointment in a statement on Facebook, “He (Rakesa) has been denied a second time in participating at the Paralympics Tokyo2020 due to the technical timeout at his previous event.”
“FPC has appealed the decision twice, however, was unsuccessful both times.
“Sefo and the entire team are devastated and are sorry for letting our FPC fans down.”