28 Mar 2014

Sport: Fiji Netball moves on from Commonwealth Games

12:12 pm on 28 March 2014

Fiji Netball is looking to the future after accepting defeat in their bid to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group downgraded Fiji's five year suspension earlier this month, freeing it to compete at the Games in July.

But the Commonwealth Games Federation informed Fiji that its readmission to the Games was too late for it to enter teams in netball and rugby sevens.

The President of Fiji Netball, Wainikiti Bogidrau, says they have no choice but to accept the decision.

"We were naturally very disappointed that we were excluded but we do realise the draws have been completed well before we went into the World Youth Champs last year. But having said that, we are refocusing our efforts to the qualifiers for the World Cup, which will be in June in the Cook Islands, and the other international test matches that we have lined up."

Wainikiti Bogidrau says Fiji Netball is currently negotiating with an overseas coach regarding the Fiji Pearls job and hope to have the appointment confirmed in the coming weeks.