Court upholds Fiji Commonwealth Games ban
Posted at 05:40 on 01 April, 2010 UTC
The Court of Arbitration for Sports has dismissed the appeal against Fiji’s ban from the Commonwealth Games.
Fiji was banned after being suspended from the Commonwealth for failing to hold elections.
The country’s National Olympic Committee had argued that politics and sport are separate, and that Fiji had a good case for appealing the decision.
It's president, Vidya Lakhan, says he has only been told that the appeal has been turned down, not the reasons why.
“We can’t seem to understand how the decision could have gone against us because the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution says if your country is in the Commonwealth, then your athletes can take part. That was the basis of our appeal, to CAS. We’re very much interested in finding out the grounds on which our appeal has been dismissed.”
April 01, 2010
FASANOC's Vidhya Lakhan can't understand English
We're wondering why it is so difficult for FASANOC's Vidya Lakhan to understand that COMMONWEALTH rules also bind COMMONWEALTH sports participation regardless of our membership.
As a sports administrator he should only be appreciative of the importance of rules and sticking to them.