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Watters refuses to return crown

Mary Rauto
Monday, May 21, 2012

THE Miss World Fiji drama has taken a twist with the disqualified 16-year old winner refusing to return her prizes.

Torika Watters was dropped from the Miss World contest in Mongolia because she was too young.

In the meantime, Tourism permanent secretary has called on Ms Watters and Miss World Fiji national director Andhy Blake to "cease this verbal combat".

Contestants have to be at least one month away from turning 17 by the start of the contest in July.

Ms Watters wrote to Mr Blake, saying "I don't think it is right for you to ask me to return the prizes that I won and I am not going to do so."

Ms Watters was asked to return her crown and prizes and has since been replaced by first runner up, Koini Vakaloloma.

In her e-mail, Ms Watters said her response to Mr Blake was to ensure that things were clear and that she was not misquoted or misunderstood.

In a string of e-mails and responding to correspondence between Ms Watters and Mr Blake, which were copied to the media, Tourism permanent secretary Elizabeth Powell has called on the parties to settle their disagreement directly.

"If you do indeed have the best interests of Fiji and Fijians at heart as you profess, you are both strongly advised to immediately cease this verbal combat by media, email and internet," Ms Powell said.

"No more emails or publicity.

"Do our country and people a favour and settle your disagreements directly with one another."

On Friday, Miss World Organisation chair Julia Morley said she would visit Fiji in an attempt to fix the Miss World Fiji problems.


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