TASANOC General Secretary warns of legal action after executive demands his resignation

PHOTO: Takitoa Taumoepeau the General Secretary for Tonga’s Association for Sport and National Olympic Committee. Photo/Supplied

The General Secretary for Tonga’s Association for Sport and National Olympic Committee says he will consider court action after he was ordered to resign last week.

TASANOC head Takitoa Taumoepeau said he received a demand from the organisation’s executive on March 30 that he resign or face the sack.

Taumoepeau said he may take the matter to court because it involved defamation.

In July 2013 the national sporting body announced it had it terminated its contract with Taumoepeau, citing an alleged mismanagement of office funds.

He was later told he could continue in the position as a volunteer.

However, he was restored to his post after the General Secretary for the Oceania National Olympic Confederation, Ric Blas, intervened and told TASANOC its termination of Taumoepeau’s contract was unconstitutional.

Taumoepeau described the latest demand for his resignation as the result of the “personal agenda” of one member of the executive committee.

He told Kaniva News he would comment later because he was working on the upcoming Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

TASANOC’s executive committee could not be reached for comment.

The main points

  • The head of Tonga’s Asssociation for Sport and National Olympic Committee has been told to resign or face the sack.
  • TASANOC General Secretary, Takitoa Taumoepeau, said he received the demand on Monday.
  • He was sacked from his position in 2013 following financial allegations.
  • He was reinstated after the General Secretary for the Oceania National Olympic Confederation, Ric Blas, intervened.

1 COMMENT

  1. Kuo pehē ʻe he Sekelitali Seniale ʻa e ʻAsosieisini ʻa Tonga ki he Sipoti mo e Kōmiti Fakafonua ki he ʻOlimipikí, te ne fakakaukauʻi ha ngāue fakalao hili ʻeni hano ʻoatu ha tuʻutuʻuni he uike kuo ʻosí ke fakafisi.

    Pehē ʻe he ʻulu ʻo e ʻasosieisiní ni Takitoa Taumoepeau kuó ne maʻu ha fiemaʻu mei he vaʻa pule ʻa e kautahá ni he ʻaho 30 Māʻasi ní ke ne fakafisi ka ʻikai ko hano tuli ia.

    Pehē ʻe Taumoepeaú ʻe ala ke ne ʻave ʻa e meʻá ni ki he fakamaauʻangá koeʻuhi kuo fai ʻa hono lauʻikoviʻi.

    ʻI he māhina Siulai 2013 ne fanongonongo ai ʻe he sino fakafonua ko ʻeni ki he sipotí kuó ne fakangata e konituleki mo Taumoepeaú ʻo ʻai hake ai ʻa e fakamahalo ki he ngāue halaʻaki ʻa e paʻanga e ʻōfisí.

    Ne toe taʻotaʻo atu pe ai hano fakafoki ʻo Taumoepeau ki he lakangá ni kae fekau ke ngāue ʻofa pe.

    Neongo Iá naʻe toe fakafoki ia ki hono lakangá hili ia e hū mai ʻa e Sekelitali Seniale ʻa e konifetaleisoni ʻa e ʻOlimipiki Fakafoniua ʻa ʻŌseaniá, Ric Nlas, ʻo ne fakahā ki he TASANOC ko ʻene fakangata ko ia e konituleki ʻa Taumopeaú ne taʻe fakakonisitūtone ia.

    Naʻe fakamatalaʻi ʻe Taumoepeau e foʻi fiemaʻu fakamuimui ko ʻeni ke ne fakafisí ko ha ola ia ʻo ha ʻāsenita fakataautaha ʻa e taha pe ʻo e kau mēmipa ʻo e kōmiti pulé.

    Naʻá ne fakahā foki ki he ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻe ʻikai lava haʻane toe komeni he ʻoku moʻua he ngaahi ngāue ki he teu ko ia ʻo e Pacific Games ki Papua Niukiní ka te ne toki ʻomi haʻane fakamatala ki he tuʻunga fakamuimui taha kuo nau aʻu ki aí.

    Ne ʻikai lava maʻu ha taha he kau pule ʻo e TASANOC ke ʻai haʻane lau ki he ongoongó ni.

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