#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: FRU officials ordered to quit

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

FRU officials ordered to quit

Fiji's military-led government has ordered the board of the Fijian Rugby Union to be replaced before they will release F$3 million (£1.04m) to help prepare their national rugby team for the World Cup in New Zealand later this year.
Sports Minister Filipe Bole said the funding was contingent on mass resignations of the FRU board after Commerce Commission officials raided the union office last week following an investigation into a fundraising lottery.

The Commerce Commission said the FRU had sold lottery tickets for below the authorised price, had used funds for purposes other than the original purposes of holding the lottery and had not included some of the sold tickets in the lottery.

"I have informed the IRB and now I'm informing the public that the Fijian Government will give $3 million to assist the Flying Fijians team to prepare for the IRB World Cup but under a new FRU administration," Bole said. "Accordingly, it is now up to districts, who appoint the administration team, to ensure that our... team gets adequate resources to prepare for the World Cup competition in which we expect and want them to do well.

"Of course those at the centre of this debacle and mismanagement can resign themselves to quickly put in place a new administration to ensure our boys have enough time prepare," Bole added.

The Commerce Commission said that about $350,000 worth of tickets had been sold and there was a discrepancy of about $156,000 in the Union's lottery account.

The Commission also said that some of the money from the lottery had been used by officials for travel and tickets to rugby sevens tournaments in Britain and Hong Kong.

The FRU denies any wrongdoing, however, and said in a statement its legal advice was that it was not against the law to discount tickets.

"The most disturbing aspect of this whole saga is the Commission's unending appetite for publicity," Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Keni Dakuidreketi said.

"It has a legal responsibility to investigate any alleged offence in a fair and reasonable way, particularly when it is on notice that it may not even have legal powers to do so.

"It should not be conducting a trial by media. FRU suggests the Commission do the sensible thing and have an open discussion with FRU - and its lawyers - about what it is doing."

Fiji opens its World Cup campaign against Namibia in Rotorua on September 10. (Yahoo Sports)

8 comments:

Anon. E. Mous. said...

What a joke.

Ask a sporting FRU board to resign while same FSC board members
who oversaw collapse of a key industry continue to retain both positions and perks.

fiji loyal said...

So this warped regime can act when it wants and when it suits

Viti, Viti said...

Anon.E.Mous@5.2pm Exactly...sugar industry down the toilet and Vore and Khaiyum trying to hide the scale of the damage and letting those at the helm sidle off quietly or worse stay in the job wreaking more damage. Don't forget the FNP stuff up, havent seen Commerce Commission rush to act on that with as much fervour as it is with these poor rugby sods.

Anon. E. Mous. said...

Lets put this in perspective.

Rugby's sport - FSC collapse grim unfolding reality.

Anonymous said...

Filipe Bole should swing from the gallows and have all his possesions sold tp pay the citizens of Fiji back fro all the jobs and monet he stole during this misguided coup.

This illegal regime is the catlyst for illegal and orrupt behaviour in society because if thieves like Bole, Bainamrama and AhKoy can do it with impunity on a daily basis, then why not the rest of the population???

Anonymous said...

it's ok if they do it,something else if you do it.blooody basteds

Anonymous said...

There have been other illegal regimes in fiji B4. This present one is actually good for Fiji.

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
FRU BOARD AND CEO SHOULD QUIT.
THEY HAVE PERSONAL AGENDA.
THEY NEED GOOD EX PLAYERS AND BUSINESSMAN TO RUN FRU.
WHY DIDNT THEY TAKE 27 MILLION SPONSORSHIP FROM VODAFONE AND FIJI WATER.
ANS KENI COMPANY DOING ADVERT/MEDIA STUFFS FOR DIGICEL.
GOVT GIVES THEM MILLION EVERY TIME IN RWC.
GOVT ALSO NEED TO CLEAN FIJI FOOTBALL /DOC SHAU KHAN AND HIS CRONIES.
I AGREE WITH SOME COMMENTS THAT GOVT SHOULD CLEAN FSC BOARD TOO.THATS FAIR.