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More Athletes, Officials Dropped

More Athletes, Officials Dropped
Fiji Women’s Volleyball trainer for Pacific Games Emori Bakewa (right), undergoes a medical test. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai
June 10
08:03 2015

Expect more athletes and officials to be dropped from Team Fiji today.

2015 Pacific Games Chef de mission Cathy Wong told SUNsports they had discussions with these athletes and officials at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic House in Suva yesterday.

“Tomorrow (today) we will be resending the press statement on the changes on our travelling team to PNG.

“We will not reveal the reason on why we are dropping them from Team Fiji until we meet with them,” Wong said.

Team Fiji had their final round of medical checks last Saturday and Wong said they have yet to receive the reports from the medical team and these reports is likely to decrease the team size further if athletes or officials are medically unfit to tour.

“I have not got reports yet because the medical team will need to put together documents and reports from West and North I should be getting in those final reports by Saturday when we will have our chef de mission meeting.

“If the reports show that athletes and officials are unfit then they will be chopped from Team Fiji and if players are injured and they do not recover on time then they will be dropped and an athlete from the reserve list will take over,” Wong added.

“We are double checking everything and we do not want to have any unfit administrator in the team as well.”

Wong also confirmed few of the national federations wants to have optional testing like pregnancy and marijuana testing.

“These are optional testing therefore they pay for it and we have also informed the sporting federations that they can’t hold  back an athlete if they are pregnant.

“For marijuana testing if an athlete or official is positive then results will come through legal channels,” she added.

The 2015 Pacific Games will be held on July 4-18.




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