18 Mar 2014

Sport: Fiji doesn't expect to enter team sports in Glasgow

1:00 pm on 18 March 2014

The Fiji Olympic Committee says it is probably too late for it to enter a rugby sevens team in this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Last week the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group downgraded Fiji's five year suspension from the Commonwealth, freeing it to compete in Glasgow.

The President of the Fiji Olympic Committee, Reg Sanday, says team sports have already finalised their draws for the upcoming tournament meaning it is unlikely Fiji will be able to enter a team in rugby sevens, netball or hockey.

"When the draws were conducted countries were allocated the slot Fiji would have got so it would be very difficult to then cancel those slots. We hope that we can still participate in the team sports but we don't expect that will happen. We are kind of disappointed that we have not been able to now send our sevens team - which we would have been assured of a medal at least - but we will be able to compete in the individual sports (and) we are now liaising with the organising committee to sort out the logistics of that".

Reg Sanday says FASANOC expects to hear confirmation on whether they can enter team sports in the next couple of days.