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Wong: We Have The Final Say On Team

  Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong has hit back on the selection of Manueli Tulo and Apolonia Vaivai made by Oceania Weightlifting Federation for next month’s Rio Olympic
07 Jul 2016 15:27
Wong: We Have The Final Say On Team
Apolonia Vaivai. Photo: Zimbio

 

Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong has hit back on the selection of Manueli Tulo and Apolonia Vaivai made by Oceania Weightlifting Federation for next month’s Rio Olympic Games.

In an earlier release from OWF stated Tulo would be the male participant for Fiji in the 56kg while Vaivai in the women’s 69kg category.

In a press conference yesterday Wong said the Oceania body does not hold any right to select the athletes and Team Fiji would confirm the weightlifting list on Monday.

“The final selection of Team Fiji is done by Team Fiji not Oceania,” she said.

“In this case we understand they made their assumptions, the final say will be done by Team Fiji and through FASANOC in a couple of days time. So I can say the list is incorrect.”

The weightlifting squad includes favourite Vaivai, Eileen Cikamatana, Julia Timi, Ulina Sagone, Tulo and Mesake Raiviu.

The final 18-member men’s football squad will be announced next Thursday from the current 36 while the rugby 7s men and women’s final 13-member squad will be announced next Friday from the current squad of 22.

The athletics team of one male and female will be selected following the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship which starts at the ANZ Stadium, Suva today.

Meanwhile, archery, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis and boxing have confirmed their athletes. A total of 54 athletes and 35 officials will be part of Team Fiji to the Rio Games. The Rio Olympics will be held from August 5-21.

“This is the biggest games ever where athletes have actually qualified on merit, we have archery, judo, table tennis, football, rugby men and women table tennis.”

From the list of names released by Wong yesterday athletes have 48 hours to appeal from yesterday. Athletes will need to submit their appeal in writing to FASANOC and the appeal tribunal will seat and make the final decision.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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