Fiji back in Games fold for Glasgow

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 15, 2014, 14:19 PM IST

Fiji will compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, sports officials said Saturday, ending years of isolation following a 2006 military coup.

"I am delighted to welcome Fiji back into the Commonwealth Games family," Games Federation president Tunku Imran said.

However, with the Games only four months away, Fiji Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive Lorraine Marr said it would be up to individual sports to decide if they have sufficient time to prepare.

"We have been pushing for this for a long time and we are happy that now we can participate in the Glasgow Games this year," Marr told AFP.

"The time we have to prepare for the Games is something we will have to talk about with the different sporting bodies in Fiji, then make a decision on which sports will take part."

The decision to include Fiji in the Games comes ahead of general elections planned for later this year.

The elections will be the first democratic vote in Fiji since strongman Voreqe Bainimarama used the army to seize power in 2006.

Fiji was banned from the Commonwealth in 2009 after failing to meet a deadline to restore democracy.

But following the moves towards the election, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group decided last week to allow it to participate in a range of Commonwealth activities, including the Games.