|Sea of fans eagerly waiting for team. pic fiji sun|
|Heroic team showered with love. pic afp|
It was a welcome befitting heroes and that's the way it should've been.
Fiji is today enjoying a public holiday with the team due to get $30,000 each.
|Enterprising fans: fiji times|
Winning gold for the first time in Olympics has triggered momentous interest in Fiji with the #Fiji hashtag apparently netting more than 283 million people on Twitter with Tourism Fiji's Facebook reportedly reaching more than 175,000 fans.
|Ryan being 'led' through.|
But we wouldn't be Fiji without the drama.
An elderly woman, described as an 'ardent fan' by the FijiTimes was reportedly marched out of Prince Charles Park for no reason.
She said she was just waving when she was taken out.
|Fan was removed for 'waving'|
There have also been murmurs over the way security and police pulled Ben Ryan by his shirt as he came out with the team to greet fans.
In his speech, Frank Bainimarama thanked Ryan for helping the team make Olympic history but in an ungracious gesture went on to say the departing Ryan might be going on to 'bigger things' but not necessarily 'better things.'