COURT UPHOLDS FIJI BAN FROM COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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Games set for October in New Delhi

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 1, 2010) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reinforced Fiji's ban from the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in October after dismissing its appeal.

The ruling against the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee was announced in Switzerland.

The Commonwealth Games Federation banned Fiji when its membership in the Commonwealth was suspended.

[PIR editor’s note: The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi from Oct. 3 to Oct. 14.]

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth last September when military ruler Frank Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 coup, refused to bow to demands to hold elections next year.

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