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Athletics backs Miller

Arin Kumar
Sunday, January 26, 2014

ALBERT Miller has been re-instated as president of Athletics Fiji.

This was confirmed during the special general meeting (SGM) yesterday at the Fiji Olympic House in Suva.

The meeting was called when an interim executive committee headed by Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija removed Miller from his post and acted as executive of Athletics Fiji.

Miller said those present at the SGM voted on re-instating the previous committee and the interim executive committee be expelled.

"Majority of them voted that the interim executive committee be removed effectively so now the interim committee does not exist," he said.

"The interim committee brought disrepute to athletics in Fiji and their actions were illegal according to the 2010 constitution.

"Also the allegations made by them against me were not true."

The former national champion said the interim committee also did not have the power to remove anyone from their position.

"They could have taken legal advice and waited for SGM or AGM but they took it upon themselves to remove people from their positions.

"Position holders can only be removed from their post during SGM and AGM."

He said the since the incident took place a month ago, operations at Athletics Fiji had been turbulent but they would now work towards getting the organisation back on its feet.

"We are now going to write to the interim executive committee to inform them of the details of the meeting and they are now expelled.

"They will have nothing do with Athletics Fiji anymore but they also have an opportunity to appeal the decision and a committee will be appointed to look into the appeal.

"We are also going to inform the Oceania athletics body and the IAAF to let them know we have sorted out the issues."

Miller said the experience was a learning curve for them and they would now take steps to ensure such a situation did not arise again.

"We seriously need to look into the constitution to ensure that there are no clauses so that situations like this can be prevented from happening again."

Miller said Maciu Koroitamana resumed his duty as general secretary, Usa Tunaulu as treasurer and Litia Senibulu and Vuli Waqa as executive members.

"The two new office bearers are Joseph Rodan Jr as vice president and Salote Waqanivalu as executive member."

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