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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

NZ lifts ban on Fiji sports teams

The New Zealand government has quietly lifted sanctions on Fijian sports teams visiting New Zealand.

According to the Dominion Post, Prime Minister John Key made the admission during a press conference with visiting Tongan Prime Minister, Feleti Sevele, yesterday.

Sanctions were placed on Fiji after the military takeover by interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, in December 2006.

The former Labour government banned all visiting sports sides from Fiji, except the rugby sevens team.

The Dom Post reports that John Key said New Zealand had softened its stance on visiting sports teams since National took power last November.

"New Zealand has been effectively softening its sanctions in relation to sporting ties and the travel of sports teams."

"To all intents and purposes, since we've been signing off on sports teams either transiting to New Zealand or coming to engage in sports activities here," Mr Key said.

2 comments:

Keep The Faith said...

Sporting people who have direct links to the military are still subjected to the same visa bans I believe.

And of course they'd still remain open to sports -- the Pacific is NZ's sports breeding ground ;)

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