It’s a query that will get requested each Olympic games. Why do some international locations, Fiji for one, have the Union Jack on their nationwide flag?
That’s as a result of Fiji is one in all 4 sovereign states, other than the UK itself, to have the Jack on its flag.
The others are Australia, New Zealand and Tuvalu, the Polynesian island nation so beloved of Pointless followers.
The Union Jack first appeared on Fiji’s flag in 1874 when it grew to become a British Crown Colony. It has remained there ever since, even after Fiji grew to become impartial in 1970.
A contest was launched in 2015 to revamp the flag, which Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama mentioned was ‘anchored’ to the nation’s colonial previous.
A brand new design was to have been unveiled on 10 October that 12 months on the 45th anniversary of the nation’s independence.
In the end, although, the plans had been ditched over considerations it will price an excessive amount of to vary it.
‘Whereas I stay satisfied personally that we have to change among the flag’s colonial symbols with a genuinely indigenous expression of our current and our future, it has been obvious… that the flag shouldn’t be modified for the foreseeable future,’ Mr Bainimarama mentioned in August 2016.
Fiji’s PM, chances are you’ll recall, was the primary world chief to congratulate Joe Biden on turning into the brand new US president – regardless of the very fact the election had yet to be called in his favour.
Fiji’s present flag options the Union Jack and a coat of arms topped by a lion holding a cacao pod. Additionally included are symbols for sugarcane, coconuts, bananas and the Fiji dove surrounding the arms of a crimson cross of St George.
Swimmer Taichi Vakasama and rugby sevens crew captain Rusila Nagasau had been Fiji’s joint flag bearers on the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony.
The flag was raised once more when Fiji beat New Zealand to win gold within the rugby sevens for the second consecutive Olympics.
Tuvalu, by the way in which, dropped the Union Jack from its flag in January 1996 solely to reinstate it 15 months later.