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Unions Explain No-Show

In the wake of the cancelled annual general meeting (AGM) the Fiji Rugby Union had scheduled for August 30, questions have been raised on why there were absentees that led
02 Sep 2014 22:33
Unions Explain No-Show
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In the wake of the cancelled annual general meeting (AGM) the Fiji Rugby Union had scheduled for August 30, questions have been raised on why there were absentees that led to the no-quorum ruling and the subsequent cancellation.

Now, one of the Unions that did not attend has come forward to clear their name of any rumours or allegations about all the possible reasons for missing the AGM.

The president of the Rewa Rugby Union, Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Kalouniwai verified he had a more urgent matter to attend and had notified the FRU beforehand.

“I did not attend the AGM on Saturday as I had more urgent matters to attend to,” he said.

“I’m at the head of affairs assisting the families of the 44 Fijian peacekeepers currently detained in Golan Heights, Syria and I’m in charge of the RFMF Crisis Centre that we had set up in Vatuwaqa for this.

“As such, I was unable to attend the meeting on Saturday but offered my apologies for Rewa’s absence in advance.

“So it was not because of any bad blood or anything of that sort between Rewa and the FRU. I simply could not attend and excused myself in advance.”

Also absent from the meeting was Tailevu Rugby Union president Maika Rainima, who had also excused himself in advance from the meeting because of family commitments.

“I did not attend the meeting but I had already sent in my apologies and excused myself from the meeting as I had a family commitment on that day.

“However, two representatives were sent instead and attended the meeting on my behalf so Tailevu was in fact represented at the meeting.

“Once again, I’m stressing this point that we all have our commitments and when everyone was readily available for the first meeting right here in Suva, they were not present so they shouldn’t play the blame game with the FRU now.”

This marks the third failed attempt by the FRU to conduct a fully-fledged AGM to get the affairs of Fiji rugby in order.

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