Cloud of doubts
Friday, February 25, 2011
TOUR plans for four members of the Netball Fiji (NF) team to New Zealand and Australia for build-up matches are in doubt over travel ban.
Australia and NZ have imposed bans on Government officials and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) officers and their families.
The four are NF president Wainikiti Bogidrau, assistant coach Una Rokoura, acting secretary Alini Sovu and player Bernie Daurewa.
Rokoura's brother is a military officer while the rest have their husbands working for the RFMF.
Bogidrau said they would apply for the visas and hope to get a favourable response from both embassies.
"We will be submitting visas for all our players and officials (regardless of their military connections) who are expected to be part of this tour," she said.
"We hope that both countries (Australia and NZ) can consider the visa applications that we will be submitting on the basis of the request, sports."
NF is eyeing the Australia and NZ tour as a build-up for the national team to the upcoming World Netball Championship (WNC).
The Gabrieli Qoro-coached side is hoping to play six elite teams from each country in a bid to retain their top five status when they face the giants in Singapore from July 3-10.
"The one and only reason we are headed for both countries is to ensure that our team is exposed to high-level netball as part of our build-up to the WNC in Singapore," Bogidrau said.
"The team leaves for Australia on March 20 and to New Zealand on March 24 both trips would be about 7-9 days long."
Meanwhile, the first of the two expat coaches sought by NF will be in the country by the mid of next month.
"Our overseas-based players are expected to be in Fiji for this part of the training (conducted by the overseas experts)," Bogidrau said.
February 26, 2011
Military regime families to rattle visa bans using Netball
As we alluded to earlier, family member's of the regime are attempting to agitate the visa bans put in place by Australia and NZ, knowing full well what the restrictions are, and what the outcomes are most likely to be.
This is simply an exercise in futility, that will obviously be exploited to whip out the vicitm routine that we have all come to know and abhor and seems like a convenient ploy to seek the support of the "largest women's sport" in the country to champion their visa cause.
Equally baffling is why the President of the sporting body need's to accompany the team if the purpose of these matches is simply for "exposure".