VFF cautions provincial associations on protocol

The Vanuatu Football Federation has called on its affiliate associations and leagues to respect the protocols when planning and running football tournaments.
The caution comes following the launching of the Province of Origin tournament by the Port Vila Football League that caught the national football association by surprise.
VFF President Johnny Tinsley Lulu cleared the position of the national federation in a media release saying VFF was not consulted and therefore the tournament could be declared unofficial under the constitution of VFF. Lulu explains that VFF is mandated by its constitution to control football developments and tournaments in Vanuatu. He went on to say that VFF being a national sports federtion is obligated to consult the Vanuatu Amatuer Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) on a tournament of national involvement. Lulu says had PVFL consulted VFF in the first place, the national federation could have assisted in ensuring that proper procedures are followed before the launching is made.
Mr. Lulu says when the provinces are involved then the Ministry of Internal Affairs should have been consulted as well.
The VFF President has written to the Ministries of Sports and Internal Affairs seeking clarification. He has also written to the President of VASANOC explaining the case of the PO and why VFF had not informed their office.
Lulu points out the fact that government or public money is being injected into the tournament and the department of youth and sports appears to be instrumental in the process.
Was this budgetted for in the government budget?
If the government had budgetted for football tournaments, why then did the minister tell us earlier in the year that there was no funds available to support the national Under 20 team to the Oceania World Cup play offs in Solomon Islands, and again the OFC Under 17 world cup tournament in New Caledonia," Lulu questions.
Meanwhile responding to a letter from VFF President JT Lulu requesting a report on the tournament, the President of Port Vila Football League George Iapson argued that VFF constitution does not require any consultation with VFF. Mr. Iapson says VFF should congratulate PVFL for initiating such a high competitive tournament which would benefit the development of football in the country. Iapson sent copies of his letter to the media and was published at the weekend.
However VFF President JT Lulu says Mr. Iapson has misled the public by making an arguement when he was asked to make a report to VFF.
"He is a senior member of VFF executive and should know that he had failed to respect the protocols. However VFF needed a report so we can assist in putting things in order so the tournament could be supported by appropriate institutions and even making it an annual event," Lulu points out.
Director of Youth and Sports Ture Kailo says any sports federation seeking government support in its tournament should submit a development pland, a tournament plan and financial report to his office for consideration before a decision is made.
Mr. Lulu says he is sorry that VFF has not done so in the case of the PO tournament since the arrangements were made without the national federation.
Mr. Lulu is encouraging all affiliates of VFF to pursue their own initiatives to develop tournaments, but should ensure the protocols are followed to avoid misunderstanding.


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