Assistant Minister for Sports Iliesa Delana, far right, officiates during a medal presentation at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Picture: SUPPLIED
ASSISTANT Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana, officiated in three medal presentation ceremonies at the Paralympic Games in Rio over the weekend.
The Paralympic gold medallist had the opportunity to congratulate medallists of the men’s T42 high jump — the same event in which he won gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, becoming Fiji’s first gold medallist at the Paralympic Games.
Delana was amazed at their performance particularly Mariyappan Thangavelu, the 2016 winner from India, who achieved the second highest height ever in the world with a jump of 1.89m, short of the 1.96m world record and beating Delana’s London mark of 1.74m.
He also officiated in the medal ceremonies for the men’s 100m and men’s discus throw.