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FASANOC in the dark

Arin Kumar
Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE Commonwealth Games organising committee still has not responded to queries made by the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC).

Earlier this week, FASANOC president Reg Sanday wrote to the organisers asking for Fiji to be given time to register for team sports.

Yesterday Sanday said there was still no word but FASANOC had already started its search for a chef de mission for the event that would be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3.

"No word yet from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, but we in FASANOC have already started talking about appointing an experienced person as chef de mission to lead our preparation for Glasgow," he said.

"We have only four months to go to the start of the games so there isn't much time."

Sanday is also asking national sports to start identifying their elite athletes for the games.

"All sports will need to develop their selection criteria and justify their selection based on these criteria to FASANOC.

"We cannot yet determine the exact size of the team as we have yet to receive advice from the organisers on the preparations and travel grants we are eligible for."

Sanday is hoping for a positive response from the organising committee soon so that the national sevens and netball sides can participate in the event.

"We expect a decision to be made this weekend on our appeal for our sevens and netball teams to take part as the draws for these sports have already been done.

"As they are team sports, their inclusion will certainly impact on numbers.

"Once we get all this information from Glasgow we will start working on team size.

"My own preference is for a small, well-prepared team that can perform to make us proud in Glasgow."

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