Fiji Rugby Union annoyed at suggestion of World Cup boycott
Posted at 23:01 on 01 June, 2011 UTC
The Fiji Rugby Union says it’s annoyed the Fiji National Olympic Committee publicly suggested it should boycott the Rugby World Cup over New Zealand’s potential ban of some of Fiji’s best players.
New Zealand has a travel ban on all military personnel and their family members in response to the 2006 military coup.
The Fiji Olympic Committee president Vidhya Lakhan, said if the IRB does not act on the issue, Fiji should consider a boycott.
But the Fiji Rugby Union CEO, Keni Dakuidreketi, says that comment was out of line.
“They have never really consulted us. They have never really had anything to do with the preparation for the World Cup and I’m not quite sure what angle they are coming from. We were annoyed with that sort of unsolicited statement coming from an organisation that has nothing to do with our World Cup preparation.”
Keni Dakuidreketi says on the issue of the travel ban, the FRU has written to the IRB expressing its concerns and is still awaiting an official response.
June 02, 2011
FRU blindsided by Vidya Lakhan
Huh. Well we guess Vidhya Lakhan really showed them who was "apolitical" (sarcasm).
If this is the calibre of the individual leading our NATIONAL Olympic Committee. He needs to double-check who he represents.