Weightlifting Fiji accepts withdrawal
16:02 Wed Jun 13, 2018
Report by: Meli Tavaga
Weightlifting Fiji has accepted the withdrawal of the Levuka Weightlifting Club, its officials and athletes from the Oceania Championships.
Secretary Ritesh Ratiram says they have accepted their decision with regret and disappointment.
Ratiram says the withdrawal by Eileen Cikamatana from the Oceania Championships and the Junior and Senior World Championships in support of the boycott is similarly accepted with dismay and sorrow.
He says they have already paid travel and accommodation costs totalling approximately $46,000 for Fiji’s participation at the Oceania Championships which was done before the boycott.
He adds they have also resolved to suspend the Levuka Weightlifting Club, its officials and the boycotting athletes from all WF activities from last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Levuka Weightlifting Club President Peni Tawai says the truth behind their boycott was because of the President for Weightlifting Fiji Atma Maharaj.
Tawai says because of Maharaj’s action, he deprived former coach Quake Raddock and his Fijian team to compete at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
He says Maharaj was never involved with weightlifting as a competitor or as an official until recent times, when he took over the Presidency of Weightlifting Fiji.
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