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Dr Mitchell steps in to help resolve Athletics Fiji rift

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, March 14, 2014

INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee member Doctor Robin Mitchell has stepped in to resolve the rift in Athletics Fiji.

The federation has lately come in the limelight following some internal issues that has led to the formation of two groups led by Albert Miller and Doctor Ayoade Alakija, respectively.

Dr Mitchell, the Oceania National Olympic Committee president, in a statement said he had been "meeting with representatives of the two groups … to understand the background leading to the situation that athletics is currently in".

Dr Mitchell said he had been working with the two groups towards the holding of an annual general meeting to elect the officials to lead the federation for the coming year.

He said this process involved agreeing to work with a constitution that had been officially approved by an AGM of Athletics Fiji and reviewing the membership of the federation to determine who would be able to attend and vote at the AGM.

Dr Mitchell said the executives of Athletics Fiji were elected in 2012 and 2013 according to the 2010 constitution approved in April 2010.

He said the 2010 constitution was based "on what appears to be a template provided by the IAAF".

"Several legal opinions were sought by various parties to among other things establish which was the officially adopted constitution of the federation.

"Based on the legal advice received it appears that the 2008 constitution is the official constitution of AF and this is the document that I'm working with, in the discussions with the two parties.

"Based on the 2008 constitution, all of the current executives would retire at the AGM and all positions will be up for election for a period of one year."

The 2008 constitution also states the AGM "shall be held at a time and place before the 30th of March".

Several notice has appeared on the dailies regarding the Athletics Fiji AGM on March 30, 2014.

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