FASANOC To Seek Clarification

FASANOC will seek further clarification following a ruling by the Suva High Court on one of its affiliates, Fiji Chess Federation today before making any further statement.

FASANOC under its own constitution suspended the Fiji Chess Federation for failure to hold an Annual General Meeting, however was taken to court after the federation replied saying its suspension was based on rumours and that FASANOC had no powers to interfere in its affairs.

President of the Fiji Chess, Calvin Prasad, is said to have harassed a Fijian athlete during the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Azerbaijan, in September 2016.

The incident occurred when the team official was under the influence of alcohol.

High Court presiding judge ruled that the complaints made against the Fiji Chess Federation’s officials including the President and others are serious and they involve among other things, harassment of female participant and also consumption of alcohol.

"Such incidents should be properly investigated and proper sanctions be imposed on the relevant persons irrespective of their standing in the sport," said Justice Deepthi Amaratunga.

"The ranking of a player is not an immunity to harass a female player.

"If that was due to alcohol, again it cannot be a mitigating factor, as such factors are self-inflicted by them."

Justice Deepthi said FASANOC had not initiated any investigations and had allowed the Fiji Chess Federation to resolve its matters internally.

He said the Fiji Chess Federation had failed to address the complaints in a transparent manner, by appointing an independent body.

The High Court ruling today struck off the Originating Summons and the Motion seeking injunctive relief.


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