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Minister stands by Athletics Fiji's decision on Karan

May 16, 2019 1:21 pm

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has finally spoken out on the issue involving the non-selection of Coca Cola Games long distance Champion Yeshnil Karan.

Karan was not selected into Fiji’s Pacific Games Athletic team.

Speaking in Parliament today, Sports Minister Parveen Kumar stated that they respect the decision made by Athletics Fiji not to select Karan.

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Karan won the 1500m and 3000m at last month Coke Games, however, according to Athletics Fiji, Karan did not meet the criteria to be selected for the Games.

While clarifying the issue in Parliament, Kumar says the decision made by Athletics Fiji is final.

“As Minister for Sports, I would like to ask all his fans to respect his decision. Athletics Fiji responded to and clarified some of the issues that my Ministry raised with them regarding the non-selection. I join Yeshnil to show respect for the decision and to allow team Fiji to continue their preparation for the Pacific Games to bring glory to our country without undue distractions.”

Kumar says Karan has also accepted the decision.

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