CHENNAI: Fiji will not be able to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed an appeal against their exclusion, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Thursday.
Athletes from the Pacific Island nation had been banned from competing at the Games after the Commonwealth suspended Fiji last September for failing to meet a deadline on holding general elections in the country.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the case... seeking the right for Fiji to participate at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October this year," the CGF said on Thursday.
The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee lodged an appeal with CAS in January.
Fiji has been run by a military regime since self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama seized power in a coup in 2006.
Bainimarama's critics have called on him to hold fresh elections but he has ruled out a vote until 2014. -The Times of India