6 Jul 2015

NZ weightlifter bows out over cannibal posts

11:30 am on 6 July 2015

A New Zealand weightlifter has bowed out from the Pacific Games after what the New Zealand Olympic Committee said were inappropriate online posts.

Douglas Sekone-Fraser

Photo: Twitter / @masalaifrog

The Games, held every four years, are taking place in Papua New Guinea.

But Douglas Sekone-Fraser has withdrawn from his team after making reference to cannibals and Papua New Guinea on social media.

In a photo with the words, he appears to be wearing an official uniform with the New Zealand Silver Fern emblem.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee said it has formally and unreservedly apologised for any offence caused in the host nation, or among fellow competitors.

It said the comments in no way reflect the thoughts of New Zealand's wider Pacific Games Team.

It said Mr Sekone-Fraser had also wholeheartedly apologised to the team and to Papua New Guinea.

Mr Sekone-Fraser declined to comment to Radio New Zealand and referred requests to New Zealand's Chef de Mission in Papua New Guinea.

The committee said it had social media policies in place for New Zealand athletes at the Pacific Games.

New Zealand sent 65 athletes, including 35 weightlifters to the Games.