Monday, 12 October 2009

Commonwealth Games suspends Fiji

The Commonwealth Games Federation has suspended Fiji's membership of the Federation and has ruled it out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The move follows Fiji's formal suspension from the Commonwealth last month. This came after it failed to meet conditions including holding early democratic elections.

Federation president Michael Fennell says there is great sympathy for the plight of Fijian athletes aspiring to compete in New Delhi. He also gave a ray of hope to Fiji when he said that the federation will make a representation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that sport not be included in sanctions imposed on Fiji.

That exemption could provide Fiji's athletes an opportunity to participate in the 2010 games, which are scheduled for next October.

The Commonwealth Games feature 71 nations and territories that were linked to the former British Empire.


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