Monday, November 30, 2009

Fiji remains out of Commonwealth Games

November 30 2009

The Commonwealth Heads of Government at a meeting in Trinidad and Tobago have rejected a bid to allow Fiji to participate in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth after a pledge to hold elections early was not acted on however FASANOC wanted a separate decision to be made on Fiji's participation at the Commonwealth Games next year with the reasoning that sports should not be mixed with politics.

According to PACNEWS, the bid was made by Malaysia but was thought to have no other support.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he spoke against the proposal, telling other leaders that and I quote" it would undermine the Commonwealth brand and you'll undermine the Pacific leaders who are a family trying to stick together to resolve this issue' unquote.

FASANOC President Vidya Larkan said he will not comment now on the issue, since he is currently awaiting an official release from the Commonwealth Games Federation.

In Commonwealth Games history, Nigeria was banned from the games after it was suspended in 1995 but was readmitted in 1999

NZ to oppose Fiji’s reinstatement
November 27 November 2009

New Zealand plans to oppose a bid to get Fiji reinstated to the Commonwealth Games, if it is raised as expected, during a meeting of the Commonwealth Group of leaders.

According to Pacnews, Malayasia is understood to be planning to lobby the Commonwealth heads of government meeting currently underway in Trindad and Tabago, to allow Fiji to compete in next year's games in Delhi, India.

NZ Prime Minister John Key said he would oppose it and he doubted there would be widespread support for the move adding he is was not aware of any other pacific countries that would back it.

FAASNOC President Vidya Larkhan earlier stated that the last decision that will allow Fiji to participate in the games is the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

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