02 September 2011

Fiji Rugby Union to lodge complaint over NZ visa rejection

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As a result of Immigration New Zealand refusing to grant a visa to Fiji Rugby Union chairman Colonel Mosese Tokoitoga, the Fiji Rugby Union has stated that it will lodge an official complaint against the New Zealand government.

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Colonel Mosese Tokoitonga has said he will lodge an official complaint over his NZ visa refusal.

Colonel Mosese Tokoitonga, the chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union, applied for the NZ visa last week in order to accompany the Fijian team as they enter the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which is held in New Zealand this year and begins next weekend.

Tokoitonga was rejected on the basis of travel sanctions which prohibit members of Fiji's military regime entering New Zealand. Tokoitonga has allegedly stated that he knew his application would be rejected, but he made the application regardless in order to allow the New Zealand to make an official stand.

He is also reported as having said that New Zealand should not be holding international tournaments if the country is going to sanction who can and cannot play, and that a complaint will be made to the International Rugby Board.

In response to the situation, New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully said that the application made by Tikoitoga was declined as soon as it was received and that "the sanctions are there for a reason and banned means banned". 

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