Days out from the opening ceremony in Delhi, Fiji's suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations has been reaffirmed in New York. The Ministerial Action Group of the former British Commonwealth has reaffirmed the suspension because of Voreqe Bainimarama's refusal to hold democratic elections.
Australian-based Fiji academic Dr Brij Lal, of the Australian National University, says the Commonwealth is right to stick to its guns. He told Radio Australia the regime continues to break the principles of good government: "The rule of law, parliamentary democracy, good governance, protection of property, sanctity of the ballot box, free and fair speech . . .These are the cornerstones of the principles that inform the Commonwealth. And their breach in any member of the Commonwealth is cause for concern."
Fiji's weightlifting golden boy, Manueli Tulo (pictured), was one of the atheletes who could've competed in India after winning four gold medals at the Oceania Weightlifting Championship in Suva earlier this year. The 19-year-old was a medal prospect but has been forced to look elsewhere for a shot at the big time.