TASANOC proposes compromise to end deadlock over removal of Lord Sevele

    Tonga’s national sporting body, TASANOC, has proposed a compromise to end the standoff between the government and Pacific Games Council.

    The two bodies have been at loggerheads over the government’s decision to remove Lord Sevele of Vailahi as Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Games Organising Committee.

    Tonga is due to host the Pacific Games in 2019.

    Lord Sevele’s removal was approved by a majority of members of the government’s Audit and Governance Authority.

    In a statement released yesterday, TASANOC said Lord Sevele’s removal was not done for personal reasons.

    The national sporting body said it wanted to settle any doubts about the games so that it could get on with preparing Tonga’s athletes and building the Games facilities.

    TASANOC has proposed a 45 day performance review of the Tongan Games organising committee as a way of ensuring the committee met the requirements of the 2012 Host Contract and the Pacific Games Organisation Act 2013.

    It said this would ensure the committee was fully accountable and transparent.

    A statement from TASANOC, attributed to Acting President/Senior Vice President ‘Ahongalu Fusimalohi and Interim Chief Executive Officer/Executive Member Emeline Tuita, said it was necessary to bring the focus back to Tonga’s national sports interests.

    The statement said the Games facilities would be completed in time regardless of whether the Games were hosted in the Kingdom or not.

    “TASANOC fully supports the Authority’s position that it is intolerable for them to accept that their attempts to ensure good governance, accountability and transparency of the  Organising Committee, a role that is legislated to the Authority, is being perceived by the Pacific Games Council as political interference and implied to be a material breach of the Host Contract,” the statement said.

    It said that while the Pacific Games Council retained overall control of the Games, the host country and its organising committee were responsible for staging the Games.

    “It is our fervent hope that the Pacific Games Council will view our joint efforts as being the optimal solution to protect the integrity of organization and staging of the Games,” the TASANOC statement said.

    “The status of the Organising Committee as an independent statutory body is not and has never been in question, but its decisions and activities must stand on the principles of good governance, accountability and transparency and this must be demonstrated to the Authority as the legal overseer of the Organising Committee.”

    The main points

    • Tonga’s national sporting body, TASANOC, has proposed a compromise to end the standoff between the government and Pacific Games Council.
    • The two bodies have been at loggerheads over the government’s decision to remove Lord Sevele of Vailahi as Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Games Organising Committee.
    • In a statement released yesterday, TASANOC said Lord Sevele’s removal was not done for personal reasons.
    • The national sporting body said it wanted to settle any doubts about the games so that it could get on with preparing Tonga’s athletes and building the Games facilities.

    For more information

    Sports Minister breaks silence over Games row, tells RNZI loss “would be a blow” (Kaniva News)

    Government would welcome losing 2019 Games if PGC supports Lord Sevele (Kaniva News)

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo fokotu’u atu ‘e he sino fakafonua ki he sipoti ‘a Tonga TASANOC he fokotu’u ki hano vete ‘o e taututu’u ko ‘eni he vaha’a ‘o e pule’angá mo e Keimi ʻa e Pasifikí.

      Ne fepātoosi foki ʻa e ongo sino koo ʻeni hili ia e tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e puleʻangá ke toʻo ʻa Looti Sevele ʻo Vailahi mei he hono lakanga ko e CEO ʻa e Kōmiti Fokotuʻutuʻu ki he Keimí.

      Ko e sino pule māʻolunga taha ia ʻi Tonga ki he Sipoti ʻa e Pasifikí ʻi he teu ko ʻeni ke fakalele ʻi he fonuá he 2019 ko e TASANOC peá ne poupouʻi ʻe kinautolu ia ʻa e fokotuʻu atu mei he puleʻangá ke tuku ʻa Sevele ki tuʻá.

      ʻI ha fakamatala ne tuku mai ki he Kanivá ne pehē ai ʻe he TASANOC ko hono tuku ʻo Sevele ki tuʻá naʻe ʻikai ha ʻuhinga fakataautaha ai.

      Pehē ʻe he TASANOC ko e ngaahi tuʻutuʻuni ne faí ko ʻene feinga ke fakapapauʻi ʻe ʻikai ha toe veiveiua ʻe lava lelei ʻa e keimi ʻo fakahoko.

      Kuo fokotuʻu atu ai ʻe he TASANOC ha ʻaho ʻe 45 ke toe vakaiʻi ai e fakahoko fatongia ʻa e Kōmiti Fokotuʻutuʻú ke fakapapauʻi ʻokú ne maʻu ʻa e fiemaʻu ʻa e konituleki ko ia ne fakamoʻoniʻi ʻi he 2012 fakatatau ki he Lao Pacific Games Organisation Act 2013.

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