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Fiji play Olympic card – The president of Fiji’s National Olympic Committee says New Zealand might be in breach of the Olympic charter if they ban Fijian players from the World Cup on political grounds.
Vidya Lakhan has written to the IRB with regards to the New Zealand government’s plan to impose travel bans against Fiji players with military links. Since rugby has been accepted as an Olympic sport (sevens will be part of the 2016 Games), it is subject to the charter which rejects political interference.
‘We are a National Olympic Committee, we are affiliated to the International Olympic Committee and as president of FASANOC, I’m required to uphold the IOC constitution and FASANOC constitution which very clearly says we will resist all pressure of politicking, racial and religious nature in sport,’ Lakhan said.
‘So we cannot agree to political interference in sport whether it be from the Fiji government or from any government. I strongly believe that no country can dictate to Fiji as to who they should select. It should be left to Fiji Rugby Union. They should be at liberty to select their best team to take to the games.’