Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has accused opposition politicians of wanting to politicise the Fiji Sevens Olympic victory.
The team won the country's first Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games beating Great Britain 43-7 last Friday.
The opposition leader of SODELPA, Sitiveni Rabuka, has praised the successful players, saying they should be handsomely rewarded with a house, land and cash.
But Mr Bainimarama told the news site Fiji Village that these politicians are "a bunch of losers" trying to politicise the win by the 7s team.
He said he wondered where the SODELPA executives and MPs were leading up to the Rio Olympics and whether any of them ever attended a fundraiser to support the team.
Mr Bainimarama travelled to Brazil and watched the team's victory in the stadium last week.
Monday has been declared a public holiday to celebrate the win.