Fiji cleared for Commonwealth Games



Associated Press

Fiji's five-year suspension from the commonwealth has been lifted, clearing the way for the country to compete at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The IRB has confirmed it has suspended all financial support to the Fiji Rugby Union.

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In 2009, the South Pacific nation's Commonwealth membership was suspended after it refused to hold democratic elections following a coup. Australia and New Zealand also imposed sanctions.


It meant representatives from the country were banned from Commonwealth councils and Fiji missed the 2010 Games in Delhi.


A meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group in London on Friday decided the ban should be partially lifted and remain only for councils of the Commonwealth, in recognition of national elections planned for later this year.


The details of the team Fiji will send to Glasgow will now be decided but the country has a strong tradition in the rugby sevens competition, winning medals at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Games.


Chairman of Glasgow 2014 Lord Smith of Kelvin said: "The Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee (OC) looks forward to welcoming Fiji's athletes and officials to the city and Scotland as participants in the next Commonwealth Games.


"Discussions on Fiji's participation in this summer's Games will now begin between the OC and the Commonwealth Games Association of Fiji to establish the scale and scope of the team they propose to send to Glasgow."


Prince Tunku Imran, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), said "The Games will be an incredible festival of sport and the celebrations will be all the more complete with our Fijian friends and colleagues taking part."

"I am delighted to welcome Fiji back into the Commonwealth Games family, and very pleased that they will be able to participate in Glasgow."


The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to August 3.

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