20 Oct 2009

Fiji sports body still hoping to get its athletes to Commonwealth Games in India

8:34 pm on 20 October 2009

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee has appealed the ban on Fiji taking part in next year's Delhi Commonwealth Games, saying sport should not be part of sanctions directed at the interim regime.

Fiji was banned after being suspended from the Commonwealth for failing to hold elections this year.

The association president, Vidhya Lakhan, says the head of the Commonwealth Games Federation has set up a meeting with the Commonwealth secretary general in London next week.

Mr Lakhan says the secretary general will be asked to take a resolution to the Commonwealth Heads of Governments' meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in November, asking for Fiji athletes not to be punished because of politics.

He says his association is also writing to all Commonwealth Games Associations to have them solicit the support of their heads of governments at CHOGM in Port of Spain.