27 Mar 2014

Sport: Fiji will send team to Commonwealth Games after all

10:34 am on 27 March 2014

Fiji will send a team to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, after the country's Olympic Committee backed down from a threat to boycott the event last night.

It comes days after the Commonwealth Games Federation informed Fiji its re-admission to the Games was too late for it to enter teams in netball and rugby sevens.

The President of the Fiji Olympic Committee, Reg Sanday, says last night's Annual General Assembly had considered not sending any athletes to Glasgow in a sign of solidarity with the netball and rugby teams.

But he said everyone agreed that Fiji should move on and participate in the Games.

"They appreciated the support that was given to them by other sports however they did not want other sports to refrain from attending the Commonwealth Games just on their behalf. The other sports discussed it and they felt that the purpose of our existence really is about promoting sport and honouring sporting excellence. Our attendance at Glasgow would be important so the decision was unanimous that we should take part."

Reg Sanday says because of the late notice the Fiji Sports Minister has informed him there are no government funds available for the country's Commonwealth Games preparations.