1 Apr 2010

Court upholds Fiji Commonwealth Games ban

3:43 pm on 1 April 2010

The Court of Arbitration for Sports has dismissed the appeal against Fiji's ban from the Commonwealth Games.

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

The country's National Olympic Committee had argued that politics and sport are separate, and that Fiji had a good case for appealing the decision.

Its president, Vidya Lakhan, says he has only been told that the appeal has been turned down, not the reasons why.

"We can't seem to understand how the decision could have gone against us because the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution says if your country is in the Commonwealth, then your athletes can take part. That was the basis of our appeal, to CAS. We're very much interested in finding out the grounds on which our appeal has been dismissed."

Vidya Lakhan.