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FRU Must Hold AGM: Tabualevu

The Fiji Rugby Union is running out of time to hold their annual general meeting (AGM). After failing to convene the meet twice due to lack of quorum, the FRU
29 Oct 2014 13:59
FRU Must Hold AGM: Tabualevu

The Fiji Rugby Union is running out of time to hold their annual general meeting (AGM).
After failing to convene the meet twice due to lack of quorum, the FRU aims to hold one before the year ends as required under its constitution and the International Rugby Board.

This was confirmed by FRU chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu.

“I’ve been saying that the AGM needs to be held before the end of the year,” he said.

‘But the advice I’ve received is not be too hasty in having an AGM for the sake of having one and take this opportunity to set ourselves right.”

Fiji National Sports Council chairman Peter Mazey has warned that all sporting federations need to hold their AGM as required by law.

“We’ve been very keen on ensuring FRU comply with the Government’s conditions and recently it became an issue with IRB.
“The Commission is not here to tell FRU what to do but to make sure they follow the rules they formulated.”
Mazey pointed out that the root of the problem lay in the outdated constitution which needed to be desperately revised as a start to solving the dilemma.

“But then the problem is to change the constitution you have to have a quorum and without a quorum what comes next. So we have to look at that and hopefully we’ll find solutions with FRU and the Minister for Youth and Sports ideally by next week.

“The way these things are working out really requires maybe an act of parliament. That maybe the way we have to do and that’s why we’ll talk to the Minister on that. We need the cooperation of all the individual unions and not just the FRU.”
Tabualevu supported Mazey’s sentiments, indicating how much Fijian rugby had changed over the years.

“One of the things that could be said also about the constitution is that there’s been a lot of change. For example when we talked earlier about all our players overseas, there are reportedly about 1700 players overseas.

“So 1700 players is a lot of teams and it shows that the constitution has remained the same but the landscape of our rugby has changed.”

Mazey gave IRB assurances that they would not freeze funding to FRU again and were in fact fully aware of and pleased with the current course of action being taken to solve the AGM issue.

“The IRB have made a promise that will never happen. It won’t happen again, the governance officials are very happy with the way it’s being handled,” he said.

The board of FRU, the Sports Commission and everybody is working on this to make sure it’s sorted.
“But before changes are made, the CEO has to go and talk to all the unions and not just the elite in the head office but every union throughout the country and every club.

“They all have to be part of anything that’s good for rugby.”
Tabualevu assured that talks with all the unions would have to be done before a timeline could be drawn on when the AGM would take place.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj



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