20 Mar 2014

Sport: Fiji Netball fighting for Glasgow inclusion

12:45 pm on 20 March 2014

Fiji Netball says it should be allowed to compete at the Commonwealth Games, despite the draw for team sports having already being completed.

Last week the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group downgraded Fiji's five year suspension from the Commonwealth, freeing it to compete in Glasgow in July.

The Fiji Olympic Committee has written to the Commonwealth Games Federation for clarification and the Vice President of Fiji Netball Vivienne Koster says they've also made some enquiries.

"The way netball works is that it's the top eleven in the world rankings plus the host country. We're ranked number seven in the world and so we qualify outright for the Commonwealth Games and we'd like to exercise that right to participate. We understand it is tricky but we are putting together a submission to the International Netball Federation to reconsider Fiji's participation, given the fact that we do qualify. Also the fact that we weren't able to be there was out of our hands."

Meanwhile Vivienne Koster says Fiji Netball expects to announce a new national coach next week.