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Boycott the Games we say

Symbolic gestures are useless unless backed with concrete action Admittedly, at the time of writing of the editorial last night major sporting organisations were meeting behind closed doors to decide
27 Mar 2014 09:48

Symbolic gestures are useless unless backed with concrete action

Admittedly, at the time of writing of the editorial last night major sporting organisations were meeting behind closed doors to decide their position on the Commonwealth Games.
Sports boss, Reg Sanday, has been quite vocal in this respect: ‘‘When Team Fiji walks out into a sporting arena in our national colours we are a united team with our head held high.’’
He compared the inability of Fiji’s Vodafone National 7s to compete at the Commonwealth Games because of ‘operational difficulties’ to Brazil competing at the Olympios without its national football.
We agree. In fact, Mr Sanday termed it a ‘Clayton Offer’ or a hollow offer. It has to claried that Fijian star athletes who qualify for the Games are actually free to run in Glasgow should their relevant Federation decide to pursue the opportunity.
However, Mr Sanday has decided to support rugby and netball and lobby for a ‘all or nothing’ approach.
Mr Sanday has also questioned the timing of the Commonwealth announcement.
‘‘FASANOC was advised of Fiji’s re-admission in the Games only a week ago after accreditation had closed and draws for the rugby 7s and netball had already closed.’’ It’s a valid point.
Of course, the Vodafone National 7s team have Hong on their mind for this weekend. Maybe another win in the bag might add weight to our argument for inclusion at the July meet in Scotland.
Mr Sanday should also be commended for being vocal about Fiji’s participation. His lobbying was instrumental in having the sports ban lifted in the first place. Let’s hope more doors are opened soon.

Josua Tuwere
Feedback: josuat@fijisun.com.fj




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